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Interview with Elderly Women Attacked by Police, G20 Toronto, June 2010

by Ananya OhriKetan VegdaTristan LaingImran AliShamsi and Mahboubeh

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We witnessed two elderly women being attacked by the police at the corner of University and College, during the G20 summit in Toronto. We asked them to explain what happened. This is their story.

Surrounded by cops from opposite directions the women found themselves trapped, unable to follow the commands being hurled at them from the police themselves: Move, Move. Move.

The assault they experienced after makes no sense. It remains unexplained and unaccounted for. Thankfully, neither of the women were hurt. This makes for a relatively minor act of police brutality that took place around the summit.

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Two Similar Stories

 I am in contact with two people with similar stories.  The first is an aboriginal man who uses a wheel chair.  Before the g20 he told me that "me and protests don't mix."  When he was released after being arrested on The Esplanade he explained to me that he went out to panhandle and saw officers roughing up an older woman at a bus stop.  He decided  to join the next protest going by.

I also have contact information and have spoken twice with  a woman in her fifties, or perhaps early sixties.  She was at Queen's Park and didn't move fast enough when ordered to.  An officer tackled her and punched her in the ribs several times.  She is receiving ongoing medical attention for her injuries, including a very bad back. 


Hi Doug,

Do you know if either of their stories have been documented (through video, article etc)? And more importantly been reported to the CCLA?

thanks for sharing,


Let's hope a similar outcome happens to many innocent arrested

... In a unanimous decision, the nine justices upheld an award of $5,000 in damages against the B.C. government after a Vancouver lawyer was arrested and strip-searched in 2002 in the mistaken belief he intended to throw a pie at then-prime minister Jean Chretien ...

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