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G20 Protests Turn Violent


Police patrol the streets ahead of the G20 summit in downtown Toronto.

Police patrol the streets ahead of the G20 summit in downtown Toronto.

Thousands of protesters marched through downtown Toronto on June 26, setting police cars ablaze and smashing store windows in a show of opposition to the G20 summit.

Black-clad "anarchists" separated from what began as a peaceful procession, fanning out through the core of a city generally known for its civility, and forcing police to rush to keep up.

Police cars were set ablaze in at least two areas, including the city's Bay Street financial district, while protesters on trendy Queen Street smashed storefronts and damaged media trucks.

Banks, coffee shops and small stores were also targets and protesters appeared to loot at least one retailer. Police made more than 30 arrests over the course of the day.

compiled from agency reports
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