QMI AGENCY – Protesters allege they are being targeted for questioning or sometimes detained by police for helping to organize G8 and G20 demonstrations. Some protesters even claimed the immigration status of some members, or their families, are being threatened by police if they take part in demonstrations. Officers in uniform and plainclothes lined up outside the Metro Convention Centre, where the June 26 and 27 Summit is taking place, as about two dozen protesters from a coalition of groups vowed to reclaim their city, which they said is being turned into an armed camp. Not far away, crews are working 24-hours to erect a three-metre high, 3.3 km long fence that will ring the convention centre. Those who work or live inside the security zone will have to enter through police check-points.
“This is Toronto and not T I AN A N M E N Square,” community activist Greg Thomas told a cheering crowd.
“We are asking if body bags are included in that billion-dollar security package. Kevin Tilley, of movement Defence Committee, said organizers are being targeted for questions by CSIS, the RCMP and Toronto Police, who all deny they’re targeting civilians. Tilley said 28 organizers have been questioned or detained by police since February.
“We have documented all the cases,” Tilley said on Tuesday, “We have tracked 28 incidents where people were tracked and interviewed by police.”