TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - On Saturday, June 26, 2010, a group of protestors split from a peaceful march and began to engage in violent behaviour. Police officers used their specialized training to respond in a way that considered the safety of the public, the police and the protestors.
In addition, numerous protests were held at Queen's Park and at various locations across the city. These demonstrations continued throughout the night and into the early morning hours of Sunday, June 27, 2010.
As of 9 a.m., on Sunday, June 27, 2010, more than 480 people had been arrested on various charges including breach of peace, obstruct police, assault, assault peace officer, cause disturbance, incite riot, mischief, and participate in an unlawful assembly.
Police will continue to determine the most appropriate time to arrest individuals who have engaged in criminal activity. This decision will consider the least amount of risk to the public, police and protestors.
No serious injuries have been reported. However, the Integrated Security Unit is aware of six people and eight police officers who have been treated for minor injuries.
There has been property damage. The security fence has not been breached.
Police will continue to assess the situation and any action taken will be measured and balanced.
The Integrated Security Unit is asking members of the public for their assistance. There will continue to be significant traffic delays and closures throughout the downtown core. Please take this into consideration before travelling to the downtown area. In addition, the ISU is reminding members of the public that if they do not wish to be involved with the police they should respond to the direction that is being provided.
Visit the ISU web site for information on security measures at www.g8-g20isu.ca.
The public can also contact the ISU Community Relations Group at 1-888-446-4047 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information or to relay concerns.
SOURCE G8-G20 INTEGRATED SECURITY UNIT
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