Last week, social media demonstrated that Toronto is a quite a plugged-in city: Twitter, Flickr and Facebook quickly confirmed that an earthquake had happened before any news media could get it out. And this weekend, Torontonians did an outstanding job of documenting the G20 protests and altercations. Here are a few items that made an impact on me.
THE BEST VIDEO, DAY 1: This is a well-edited video of the rampage that took place in the downtown core. The videographers at times were able to talk to Black Bloc members about their actions.
THE BEST VIDEO, DAY 2: This video footage went viral yesterday after we Tweeted about it: at the time there were 302 views; by Monday afternoon there were over 200,000 views. The moment captured in this clip — when police decided to charge at protesters just as they were singing the final notes to Oh Canada — has become the defining moment of where the police actions went haywire.
FUNNIEST VIDEO: The Eatons Centre was locked down for a period of time on Saturday while vandals ran amok. But a man who was very intent on shopping felt his God-given right to shop was being infringed upon. His tirade is comical to no end: “How dare you do this to us! Tell us why? We want to shop!” Sadly, the man didn’t think it was that funny. [ EDITOR’S NOTE: this video was added after this post was originally published ]
BEST SERIES OF PICS: Ryan Dury’s series of photos of the mayhem on Saturday are compelling. We only wished our current issue went to pres this week instead of 12 days ago because the above image might have been our cover shot.
BEST SINGLE PHOTO: This photo by Jonas Naimark, taken from high-above the southeast of Spadina and Queen St. W. shows the kettling technique that police use to control a crowd. The only problem with this picture is that no one in the group was caught doing anything violent. All of the people pictured here were detained for hours: they were never told why and were released hours later without any charges or explanation of why they were detained.
You can view the image on Flickr, or take a look at the larger version where you can zoom right in on individual protesters. Police claimed they were donning masks and hiding their identity, yet the photo shows only one person in a hoodie and the rest look like the people you regularly find at this intersection.
What were some of the best videos and photos that you saw from this weekend’s coverage? Share them with us in the comment section.