Police Officer: "Can I see your ID?"
Protester: "No, I rather remain anonymous."
Police Officer: "You're under arrest."
Before Dave Vasey, 31, was arrested and detained for a few hours on June 24, 2010, very few people knew about the vast powers of search and arrest that police were given for the G20 Summit being held in Toronto on June 26 and 27.
After Vasey’s story became public, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair held a news conference where he explained that the law was neither new nor passed in secret. It was done just as much to protect protesters as other people. He was correct in saying that the law under which these enhanced powers of arrest and detention were granted was not new; it has been around for years. But, as far as the regulation that applies specifically to the G20 Summit weekend in Toronto, it was secret for all those who don’t make looking at new Ontario government regulations on the Internet part of their daily routine.
While G20 participants are protected behind a security fence (put up with taxpayers' money) and a police force numbering in the hundreds (paid for with taxpayers' money) the public is not. As Dan Dicks, from Press for Truth, explains:
If you happen to be involved with one of the 5 major media conglomerates here in Canada then you will not have a problem. But if you are a member of an independent media outlet like Press for Truth than you can expect a rigorous security check in almost any area of the city.
Plus the likely outcome of being arrested, as shown in the following two videos:
This is an example that goes towards showing the transition from positive (bull market) to negative (bear market) social mood. As deflation digs deeper and the economy deteriorates further (in Canada and around the world) there is on the one hand draconian like legislation and enforcement and on the other hand anarchy like protesting and violence.