[Hpn] Anti-Poverty PROTESTS Snarl Toronto Traffic - Ontario Canada (fwd)

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Tue, 16 Oct 2001 22:17:21 -0700 (PDT)

http://www.ocap.ca "Ontario Coalition Against Poverty" <OCAP@tao.ca> 249 Sherbourne Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 2R9 416-925-6939 http://ca.news.yahoo.com/011016/5/c2wl.html FWD Tuesday October 16 2001 9:03 AM EST - Reuters [ Ontario - Canada ] LOUD ANTI-POVERTY PROTESTS SNARL TORONTO TRAFFIC TORONTO (Reuters) - Several hundred demonstrators, banging drums and chanting slogans, marched through Toronto's financial district on Tuesday in a protest against poverty and the policies of Ontario's conservative government. The young marchers, some of whom also called for an end to the U.S. bombing campaign in Afghanistan, brought traffic to a standstill in the downtown district of Canada's largest city, banging on metal newspaper boxes and plastering buildings with posters about poverty, inequality and "money power." Marching in the rain, there were a handful of scuffles with well-protected riot police. Local television reported a couple of injuries and said one protester had been seriously hurt. "Stop the war on the poor," shouted one group, some of whom wore balaclavas or bicycle helmets in anticipation of trouble. Banks and offices located in the downtown core had stepped up security ahead of the protests, organized by a group calling itself the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. The group said it wanted to shut down Bay Street, Canada's equivalent of the U.S. Wall Street district, and protest against the policies of Ontario Premier Mike Harris. Earlier this year, the group raided the provincial finance minister's office and threw his furniture on the street, while two years ago, its members were in violent clashes with police at a demonstration at the Ontario provincial legislature. police forming a line. Bay Street has been the site of similar protests in recent years. In 1998, students held a 20-hour sit-in at a bank to protest against rising tuition costs and student debt levels. In 1996, major labor unions organized mass picketing that shut Toronto's transit system and disrupted businesses and government offices in a protest over Harris's deep budget cuts. Media reports say Harris is poised to quit on Tuesday -- because he is tiring of politics, not because of the protests. END FORWARD **In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without charge or profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this type of information for non-profit research and educational purposes only.** Visit HPN for CONSTANTLY UPDATING NEWS on Homeless People: *************************************************************** Over 10,000 articles by or via homeless & ex-homeless people Been Homeless? Then JOIN! EMAIL Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net> Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy ***************************************************************