|In a last-ditch attempt to achieve dialogue with the Mike Harris government,
nearly 2,000 people marched to Queen's Park on June 15, 2000. The demand
was to have the right to address the legislature in session.
Needless to say, the Tory politicians were not interested in hearing what Ontario's poor had to say, and brought out nearly 200 riot-equipped police to enforce their wishes. Demonstrators were driven from the legislature grounds by baton blows, pepper spray and headlong charges by police horses.
The cops pursued us all the way back to our starting point in Allan Gardens while indiscriminately beating and arresting people. (The woman shown being brutalized in the last photo hadn't even participated in the demonstration and had been nowhere near Queen's Park that day, but was an innocent victim who had merely been enjoying a warm summer day in Allan Gardens).
Dozens of people would end up being injured and/or charged in the aftermath of this demonstration. The arrests would continue post-action until January of 2001.