This past weekend, riots broke out during the G20 summit in Toronto, as black clad direct action groups broke windows, set fire to a police cruiser and at one point backed a number of Toronto police against a wall. Both Toronto Mayor David Miller and Police Chief Bill Blair have gone on record as denouncing 'criminals' who travelled from outside to Toronto in order to attack the city, while critics have responded by pointing to an unprepared police force who then retaliated by directing their anger against peaceful protesters when 'black bloc' hooligans proved too difficult to apprehend, shedding their distinctive garb and melting back into the crowds.
The result was the biggest mass arrest in Canadian history, but already allegations are surfacing that members of the so-called 'black bloc' who police say incited the violence and caused the majority of the property damage were actually law enforcement personnel who infiltrated the ranks of the protesters as agents-provocateur. Terry Burrows of Global Research.ca:
That the 'black bloc' provocateurs and the uniformed armoured police are wearing in Toronto (as at Montebello) the identical government issued combat boots, has at least one positive aspect. It looks as if someone in the procurement bureaucracy was at least trying to do some economizing in the spending of the one billion dollars that this G20 fiasco has wrested from the taxpayers. Very sensibly, these bureaucrats wanted to provide the same sturdy combat boots for both the uniformed police officers as well as the undercover ones. How wonderfully Canadian.
As Burrows points out, Canadian authorities have a demonstrated history of this sort of false flag provocation, with the most recent being during the 2007 Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) summit at Montebello, Quebec, an event claimed by some observers to constitute a planning session for the introduction of the North American Union (NAU).
When confronted with strong evidence that the Surete de Quebec had agents posing as masked protesters, Quebec provincial police leadership had no choice but to admit that was the case.
Quebec provincial police admitted Thursday that three of their officers disguised themselves as demonstrators during the protest at the North American leaders summit in Montebello, Que.
However, the police force denied allegations its undercover officers were there on Monday to provoke the crowd and instigate violence.
"At no time did the police of the Sûreté du Québec act as instigators or commit criminal acts," the police force said in French in a news release. "It is not in the police force's policies, nor in its strategies, to act in that manner.
Despite that statement, the Quebec police did not specify why their infiltrators were carrying rocks when unmasked by union leader David Coles.
During the 2001 G8 Summit in Genoa, the same tactics were observed, and if anything were even more overt.
According to reports from the BBC and the German wire service Deutsche Presse-Agentur (1/7/03, 1/8/03), a senior Genoa police officer, Pietro Troiani, has admitted that police planted two Molotov cocktails in a school that was serving as a dormitory for activists from the Genoa Social Forum. The bombs were apparently planted in order to justify the police force's brutal July 22 raid on the school. According to the BBC, the bombs had in fact been found elsewhere in the city, and Troijani now says planting them at the school was a "silly" thing to do.
The BBC and DPA also report that another senior officer has admitted to faking the stabbing of a police officer in order to frame protesters. These revelations have emerged over the course of a parliamentary inquiry into police conduct that was initiated by the Italian government under pressure from "domestic and international outrage over the blood-soaked G8 summit in Genoa" (London Guardian, 7/31/01).
Small wonder, then, that trade unionists and activist groups were demanding the Stephen Harper government specifically rule out the use of agents provocateur many days before last weekend's events
As reported by the CBC:
Controversy over the use of agents provocateurs came to a head Friday after labour leader Sid Ryan was quoted as saying earlier this week police might try to incite violence during the G20 protests to justify the security costs.
The president of the Ontario Federation of Labour refused to step down, sending out a press release saying his concerns were far from groundless.
"I am very concerned that there could be political pressure from the federal Conservative government to use police to provoke a situation that will lead to arrests — purely to justify the enormous security costs of the G20 summit," Ryan said. "And frankly, that should be a concern for the police union as well."
The political flack being absorbed by the Conservative regime for a $1 billion price tag is one reason why the emergence of these violent incidents could seem to be convenient; another could be to justify the unprecedented powers granted to summit cops for the duration of the event. As reported by the Toronto Star on June 25, secret legislation passed by the province in early June empowers police to arrest anyone near the G20 security zone who "refuses to identify themselves or agree to a police search".
The regulation kicked in Monday and will expire June 28, the day after the summit ends. While the new regulation appeared without notice on the province's e-Laws online database last week, it won't be officially published in The Ontario Gazette until July 3 — one week after the regulation expires.
"It's just unbelievable you would have this kind of abuse of power where the cabinet can create this offence without having it debated in the Legislature," said Howard Morton, the lawyer representing Dave Vasey, who was arrested Thursday under the sweeping new police powers.
"It was just done surreptitiously, like a mushroom growing under a rock at night."