The quickening, pace and speed of incoming austerity fascism is horrifying. The audacity, fraud, deceit and complicity of our supposedly democratically elected representatives - of the people by the people, is, at the moment, beyond my comprehension. I thought I had seen it all, but this is beyond disgusting.
This G20 meeting in Toronto was yet another watershed moment for me personally. It demonstrated, and to anyone paying attention, that no one was safe anywhere in the world.
It showed that police power and laws are only to be enforced when suited. This was a watershed moment in Canadian history. It showed you have no rights, you have nothing, police/state power is absolute, and don't you forget it.
I am disgusted, repulsed, ashamed to be a Canadian. But where else would I be? The US is corrupt, Britain is a defacto police state, where should I go? The world is becoming an all seeing eye just as George Orwell predicted.
Naomi Klein discusses the failures of the G20 summit with CBC's Evan Solomon.
June 28, 2010
Watch the program.
What happened today has no precedent in Canadian history. In the middle of the biggest city in the country, dozens if not hundreds of people were arrested for exercising their right to protest.
Police states don’t appear full blown, over night. They are, like any other social phenomenon, part of social and political process – the end result of long term corruption of the political culture and the incremental diminishing of democracy. This is a process that has been taking place for at least twenty years in Canada and it should come as no surprise that the police in Canada are now willing to take actions – at the direction of the politicians – that escalate the threats to democratic expression and the intimidation of ordinary citizens.