First major protest during G20 summit staged in Toronto
In the first major protest during the Group of 20 (G20) summit, at least 2,000 people gathered at a downtown park and then took to the streets in the Canadian host city of Toronto on Friday afternoon, local media reported.
The protesters met at a local park around 2 p.m. local time Friday to hear speeches and chant slogans before they started to march, CBC News reported, adding that the group claimed to represent more than two dozen causes, including environmental, economic and labor issues, Xinhua reported.
The protest has been mostly peaceful, although there were a few minor confrontations and skirmishes with police, according to CBC News.
However, a separate report from CTV Toronto said that tensions are rising after police reportedly arrested a protester.
Some police officers put on riot gear and gas masks following the arrest, while the crowd kept marching along some downtown streets, the report added.
The Fourth G20 Summit is set to open in this largest city of Canada on Saturday afternoon, shortly after the closing of the annual Group of Eight (G8) summit in Huntsville, the Muskoka region -- about 2.5 hours of car ride from Toronto.
It is the first time for these two important international forums to be held back to back in one country.