Independent journalist Amy Miller told reporters that while kidnapped by the Toronto Police during the G-20 Summit she faced threats of rape, saw women being strip searched my male officers and was told by one woman that she was penetrated by a finger (2:23):
Women kidnapped by police during the Group of 20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (G-20) Summit in Toronto are claiming they were physically violated in detention by officers, Tom Godfrey reported yesterday at the Winnipeg Sun:
The detainees, who included three independent journalists, allege one under-aged girl was improperly touched by a male officer while held at an Eastern Ave. detention centre.
“I was throttled by a cop and later threatened with rape,” Amy Miller, of the Alternative Media Centre, said. “I saw young women being strip searched by men.”
Maryam Adriangi, of Toronto Community Mobilization Network, said she was also threatened with rape.
“I was harassed by police and had racist and sexist comments made against me,” Adriangi said.
She claimed she was picked up by police in Parkdale and placed in a prisoners’ wagon and driven around for five hours and released without charges. Network spokesman Sharmeen Khan said the more than 900 inmates were held “in disgraceful conditions” at the former film studio.
“The detainees weren’t given food or medication,” Khan said. “They had to wait hours to see a lawyer.”
The report, along with many on the G-20 protests and government kidnappings, have described the deplorable conditions of the facilities in which those kidnapped were held and authorities preventing detainees from contacting legal representation, but Ms. Miller went into extreme detail.
She added one woman also claimed being penetrated by an officer’s finger.
Protesters demonstrated yesterday, Brendan Kennedy and Amy Dempsey reported at The Star in Toronto, against the provocative assault and theft committed by the police:
Several speakers, including activists Judy Rebick and Naomi Klein, as well as protesters detained over the weekend, condemned police for alleged brutality.
“I’m pissed off about what is happening in my city,” said Klein, who accused police officials of “using the G-20 summit as their personal ATM.”
“Your bosses got caught with their hands in the cookie jar,” she said, citing the far lower security costs for previous G-8/G-20 summits.
“Stop playing politics and public relations with our friends’ lives and let them go!”
Jason Jensen, 23, said he went to the rally because he was offended by police actions over the weekend.
“The police broke the law,” he said. “They’re supposed to take the hits and retaliate if need be. They’re not supposed to take pre-emptive strikes.”
More personal accounts confirmed police abuse of force at The Star, posted here.