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People Protesting Peacefully at the G20

By: Gini Dietrich | June 30, 2010 | 
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On this week’s InsidePR, Martin, Joe, and I spend a bit of time talking about the G20, how it was perceived to the U.S., how people protested peacefully, and not so peacefully, and where we were getting our news surrounding the conference.

But, as Martin and Joe continued the conversation about what G20 meant to Toronto and how the “news” was coming via Twitter from people not allowed inside, I couldn’t get my head around this video on Eric Portelance’s site .

It’s people protesting peacefully at the G20. I’ve watched it at least 12 times. I still can’t understand why this happened. Did they really wait until the national anthem was finished before charging?

What do you think??

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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Roger Wohlner
5 years 10 months ago

Gini on the surface a disturbing video, reminds me of footage I’ve seen over the years of the police reaction to protests at the 1968 Democratic convention here in Chicago. What we don’t know from the video are all of the circumstances. Did the police previously ask the crowd to disperse? Is this a heightened reaction to the thugs who were distroying property in the name of free speech? Sure does look like they waited ’til the end of the national anthem though.

Eric Portelance
5 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the link to my Tumblr, Gini!

Eric Portelance
5 years 10 months ago
BTW – I showed this to a friend of mine who is a police officer. For what it’s worth, his interpretation is that it’s obvious the crowd was warned to get off the street and didn’t listen. In his words: “It is totally obvious that the group has been told to clear the street. This by the way a few of the group walk forward, then sit down with their backs turned to the police. This shows they were asked, and they are showing their refusal. The police “charge” forward on the protestors (patriotic vocalists), and clear the street without… Read more »
Gwyn Teatro
5 years 10 months ago

It seems to me that the Police, no matter what they do (or don’t do) are subject to criticism. Some of it is legitimate and a lot of it is unfounded and often unfair.
Heaven forbid that the police be accused of being unpatriotic along with all the other accusations that tend to go their way. So, my hunch is that they waited until the National Anthem was finished to eliminate at least one negative thing that could potentially be thrown at them…Just a thought.

Dallas Kincaid
Dallas Kincaid
5 years 10 months ago

They are Canadian. Probably high on moose meat and Molsons.

Ljuba
Ljuba
5 years 10 months ago
They sure did wait until the end of the National Anthem. If you’ve ever watched Slapshot you’d understand. While we may know the snot balls out of each other before and after O Canada, while the anthem is being played or sung all else stops out of respect for this great country we live in. I am pretty sure this video was shot on Sunday, after the riots and destruction of Saturday. The police would have warned this crowd to move on. They chose not to and even decided that it was a good idea to sit in on the… Read more »
Pilar Iglesias
Pilar Iglesias
5 years 10 months ago

I have to admit, when I first saw this video I too was perplexed. I do believe that the G20 was a no-win situation for the police. No matter what they did or how they reacted (or didn’t react), they would undergo intense scrutiny. For what it’s worth – being here in the middle of it all – I don’t think it was too bad in the end.

Daniel Hindin (@danielhindin)
5 years 10 months ago

Ljuba, I LOVE the “Slapshot” reference! Love it!

Arik Hanson
5 years 10 months ago
Idea: Buy one of those hats with the beer feeder (you know, the ones Packer fans wear?) and attach a Flip to it. Potential for extreme close-up, but it could work. I had the exact same conversation with a few friends last year about how to do a video post while running a 5K. Either that or hire a 100K film crew to follow you using one of those cameras on wheels you see in the movies. Given your success, I’d probably go for that option. Yeah, definitely option #2. 😉 Re: vacation blogging, I actually asked a few folks… Read more »
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