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"I laugh in the face of danger, and then I hide until it goes away." - A fiend with magical bunny-like powers
cordelianne
cordelianne
"I laugh in the face of danger, and then I hide until it goes away."
As I went through my icons I realized they're all of people being kick ass and tough, none of being afraid and hiding out in their apartment... which so describes me! I'm basically like Xander in my icon, cowering.

Let's just say that sleeping in and not going to my downtown yoga studio (I live in the city but more uptown) was the best thing I ever did! I would have likely been stuck downtown (the subway downtown shut down) and trapped near what had begun as a peaceful G20 protest but - because of a few individuals - became violent.

In preparation for the G20, I thought businesses far from the security zone were silly to board up their windows, and now I'm wondering why every business in the downtown core didn't do that! I have been riveted to the genuinely shocking footage of what's been happening in Toronto. I've been mostly watching CTV coverage but suspect that the CBC has the most comprehensive best coverage here. If you haven't seen anything about it, check it out - this is just not the kind of thing that happens here.

I have to say that this is the first time living in Toronto that I've been afraid. I lived through SARS here and was totally unperturbed. I've spent many a night walking or biking alone in Toronto, and never been scared. It's just so surreal to see places I'll often be eating at or shopping having their windows smashed. Police cars being set on fire right in the heart of the downtown. I've found myself thinking "Don't hurt my city!" I'm all for protest and believe in freedom of speech and am proud of the thousands of protesters who made their points peacefully and articulately. But these few people that are smashing up the city have overshadowed the peaceful protesters in the media.

Having the G20 summit be in the downtown of Toronto was ridiculous. I feel that those who decided to hold it here are to blame. Our city is being destroyed because they decided to hold the summit in the downtown of a city where people actually LIVE, work and play in the downtown. My friends, parents and I stayed inside afraid to do our usual Saturday activities because of the few individuals who took advantage of a peaceful protest to cause damage. My facebook was filled with friends sharing that they're okay (thank goodness) because it's been such a freaky day. I will continue to hide out at my apartment for the weekend!

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katmarajade From: katmarajade Date: June 27th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
So scary! Xander is definitely the one to listen to here. Stay well hidden and I hope it goes away soon. Madness, total madness. *worries about you*
cordelianne From: cordelianne Date: June 27th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel it's a good time to be wimpy! I suspect that things are relatively okay, we're just not used to something like this! I am okay being wimpy and staying at home, which is far from anything scary! *hugs*
lauriegilbert From: lauriegilbert Date: June 27th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
The sad thing is this didn't shock me at all. Sickened, yes,but not shock. And I'm wondering just how cleaned up it's all going to be before Pride starts on Monday. :(
cordelianne From: cordelianne Date: June 28th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure it'll be okay for Pride. I work in the village and everything was untouched here. It was all the poor merchants on Queen W and Yonge who were most affected.

I think I was shocked because I'd assumed that since BILLIONS were spent on security, the police would be able to handle a few hundred vandals. But, the more I look at what happened and read various perspectives, I'm convinced that the police let this happen (ie. the burning police cars which they mysteriously abandoned in the middle of crowds) to justify the ridiculous money on security. haha, sorry, tiny rant there! :D
entrenous88 From: entrenous88 Date: June 27th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's so alarming and disconcerting, especially in a city like Toronto where residents are known for being so friendly and helpful and lovely. I'm sorry you and your friends and family, and everyone in Toronto, is having to contend with those feelings and the occurrences right now. *hugs*
cordelianne From: cordelianne Date: June 28th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I think that's why we were all so shocked. I've been to many many protests in Toronto and the worst that happens is a bit of yelling. People are generally friendly even during protests! There were great pictures of the actual protesters picking up some of the destruction from the Black Bloc tactic groups - so that was nice!

It was really awful because on Sunday innocent bystanders, journalists and peaceful protesters started being cornered and arrested. Often they were sitting down and singing peaceful songs! I feel the whole thing failed those of who live and run businesses in Toronto; the only people who were protected were the G20 folks, the rest of us were screwed.

I'm so glad it's over!! *hugs*
electricalgwen From: electricalgwen Date: June 29th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh god, it was SO bizarre, I could barely believe it. So sorry you had to go through that. :(
cordelianne From: cordelianne Date: June 29th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
And now that the dust is settling unsettling things are continually revealed including the ridiculous amount of people arrested compared to the few vandals. Ugh, the whole thing is awful. I'm hoping that Pride week may cleanse things but then it means Corporate Pride so yeah....

haha, welcome to my grumpy grumpy journal!

:D
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