I don't usually comment on politics because it is not polite to discuss money, religion or politics. That is what I was taught that is what I am teaching my monkeys.
However, I have been consumed with this as my parents live a few subway stops from where it happened.
I am sad that a group of political activist caused damage to Toronto and gave our city a stained reputation.
Torontonians would never make Toronto look bad, we love our city.
These amazing photographs were taken by Oliver Lavery who's downtown office was not far from where all this took place:
Toronto and Canada in general are very liberal and encourage peaceful protesting- for it to have turned violent and destructive is completely out of character.
The group of violent protesters who damaged Toronto's downtown yesterday is a group referred to as the Black Bloc whose tactics include having individuals wear black clothing, scarfs, balaclavas, or helmets to concealing their faces.
The clothing is used to avoid being identified, and to, theoretically, appear as one large mass, promoting solidarity or creating the illusion of a larger group.The tactic was developed in the 1980s by anti-nuclear activist autonomists. Black blocs gained broader media attention outside Europe during the 1999 anti-WTO demonstrations, when a black bloc damaged property of GAP, Starbucks, Old Navy, and other retail locations in downtown Seattle. [Yesterday] during the 2010 G20 Summit, a black bloc riot damaged an Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Adidas Store, Starbucks and many banking establishments in Toronto.
I don't usually use Wikipedia as an academically credible source of information but I have read dozens of articles and feel that this information is accurate and am therefore siting it here.
To see more of Oliver Lavery's photography check out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliverlavery/