Monday, June 28, 2010
Four police cars were torched, and the storefront windows across Toronto were shattered with baseball bats as violence erupted during protests at the G20 summit Saturday night and into the early hours of the morning.
The violence is disappointing, at best. After all, you would think that peaceful protesting would be possible during this meeting. The violence undoubtedly made for a very dangerous situation for world leaders, and if one of them had been hurt in the protests there could have been serious repercussions.
The people of Toronto are embarrassed, as this is not indicative of how citizens of the city act. Toronto is a world class city,and is known as one of the cleanest in the world.
The main focus of authorities around the protests were keeping citizens of Toronto, delegates, and media affiliates safe and sound.
The G20 summit discussed mainly financial policies. The world economic situation has worsened over the past couple of years, extending from America to the Eurozone and beyond.
Advanced economies have vowed to halve deficits by 2013, and stabilize Debt to GDP ratios by 2016. The world has its work cut out for them.
Just one question...how do they plan to go about doing that, given the current unemployment rates and basic economic conditions? Will taxes be raised? Will the burden fall unduly on America to fix the world's problems?