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G20 arrests continue in Toronto
About 50 people were rounded up in the morning after police found street-type weapons and black clothing hidden in bushes. It's believed the bricks were to be used by anarchists who caused widespread damage on Saturday.
"Officers have been doing searches around the premises of university residences," said CBC reporter Muhammad Lila.
Several handcuffed people were seen being taken into waiting police buses or, in at least one instance, a court services vehicle.
"This parade of people that they have arrested is continuing," Lila said. "The people being arrested range in age from their late teens to their late fifties, males and females. Some people are actually barefoot and wearing pyjamas," he said.
One man dressed in black told CBC News: "I was there to peacefully protest."
"We were sleeping," another man said as he was escorted into a police bus.
Meanwhile, a group of protesters has been gathering at Jimmy Simpson park in the city's east end. They were preparing to mobilize a march not far away to the makeshift G20 police detention centre on Eastern Avenue.
Elsewhere, a heavy police presence continued, a day after dozens of storefronts, as well as police cars and other vehicles, were damaged.
Demonstrators who broke off from a noisy but peaceful march against the G20 on Saturday and provoked hours of confrontations with police will be back, Toronto's police Chief Bill Blair told CBC News.
"There will be more violence Sunday because they have not achieved their objectives yet."
The demonstration Saturday split into two parts, as protesters from a variety of causes marched while so-called Black Bloc anarchists — known for violent confrontation with authorities — tried repeatedly to break into the secure zone where leaders of the G20 are meeting.
Police moved to block the militants, who then smashed windows and spray-painted walls. Four police cars were set alight, 480 people were arrested, and hospitals and the Eaton Centre shopping mall were locked down.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/06/27/g20-toronto-protest.html#ixzz0s4CnQBzN
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