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Fri Aug 21, 2020, 09:56 PM

Toronto police pay $16.5m to protesters wrongfully held at 2010 G20 summit

Source: The Guardian

Toronto police pay $16.5m to protesters wrongfully held at 2010 G20 summit

• Claimants to receive up to $24,700 in historic settlement
• Police encircled 1,100 people and carried out mass arrests

Tracey Lindeman in Ottawa
Tue 18 Aug 2020 17.18 BST

About 1,100 protesters who were wrongfully detained at the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto will receive compensation from the city’s police force after a historic C$16.5m (US$12.5m) settlement in a class-action lawsuit.

Under the settlement, which was announced late on Monday, each claimant will receive between $5,000 and $24,700, depending on the nature of their detention. They will also have their G20 protest-related records expunged.

Thousands of protesters travelled to downtown Toronto to protest against the convening of the G20 summit. The causes were numerous – anti-globalization, anti-poverty, pro-environment, pro-gay rights – and the protests leading up to the 26–27 June summit were peaceful.

During the summit, however, police cars were set on fire and a small band of masked protesters incited vandalism and violence.

The police responded by encircling more than a thousand people – including peaceful protesters, onlookers and journalists – at various locations then carried out mass arrests. At one point, hundreds were “kettled” in a torrential downpour and left to shiver in the cold.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/18/g20-protesters-toronto-police-canada

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