Welcome to adamdietrich.ca’s unofficial coverage of the 2010 G20 protests in Toronto. The following post is a short outline of my intent and a quick journal style entry.
Though I will be posting to several sites (wonderful power of social media) this site will be dedicated to the coverage of the PROTESTS at the G20, as opposed to coverage of the summit itself. Additional protest reportage as well as coverage of the actual summit will be hosted at www.charlatan.ca in the web galleries and national section. There is no content up yet, but galleries will be posted each night.
As for the plan, I will be travelling to Toronto with two of the best photographers I know, Chris King and James Park. Chris secured accreditation for the summit, I applied though was not accredited… As a result he’ll be inside the security zone reporting on the summit as best as possible. On the streets James and I will be covering the protests. The plan is to head to a march organized by Toronto-area students; the march is aimed at promoting post-secondary education as a public service. The march will feed into the “People’s First March” which is organized by the Canadian Labour Council. However, at 5pm the “People’s First March” is supposed to end. There is then an illegal march scheduled to begin immediately after, called “Get Off the Fence,” from what I understand it will be a march aimed at the now infamous “Great Wall of G20,” or the 3m high security fence that runs along King St. That will mark the end of day one for me.
That evening there will be an illegal roaming street party, details have yet to be posted as to its location, however, I intend to find it.
Sunday will be spent recovering from Saturday. Then at 5pm it’s time for Fire.Works.For.Prisions, an anti-prison demonstration organized by seemingly militant anarchists. They have posted on their site that the media are not allowed and that, “photographers will be confronted.” While this is tough talk typically when an organization or group is doing something big and does NOT want media, it means there is something foul at work. I wouldn’t turn my camera away from a cop beating a protestor, like wise I wouldn’t turn my camera away from a demonstrator carrying out actions.
Then I plan to hop on a bus at 9:30pm so I can get back to Ottawa in time to sleep, get to work, and write an exam.
This is my first solo reporting attempt. I will seek to tell this story through video, still images and text while working under the most strenuous conditions I’ve faced yet. It’s gonna be hot, crowded, there will be an obscene police presence armed with: secret legal powers, tear gas, pepper spray, tasers, rubber bullets, a sound cannon a water cannon and horses. On the other side angry protestors and considering the internet chatter they seem prepared. Stay tuned to www.adamdietrich.ca, www.twitter.com/adietrichphoto, www.charlatan.ca and my facebook.
P.S. Cool links that went into the research for this adventure:
– Story from the Hamilton Spectator on one of the organizers behind the anarchist collective Common Cause, very fresh and insightful take on anarchists. TheSpec.com – Local – This is the face of a G20 anarchist
– Alternate media site, Notes from outside the fence: Challenging corporate media messaging | Toronto Media Co-op
– Toronto Community Mobilization Network’s schedule of events Schedule of Events | Toronto Community Mobilization Network
– Suggestions for health and safety Black Cross Health Collective – mofiba
– The blog with F.W.F.P’s statement on the media Fire.Works.For.Prisons — JUNE 27 2010 TORONTO
– Map of the fence area 10-06-11-map.pdf (application/pdf Object)