Queen's Park is now the G20 protest area
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, May 13, 2010 7:29PM EDT
TORONTO - A section of the park where the Ontario legislature is located will be used as a demonstration site during next month's G20 summit in Toronto.
Police announced today that Queen's Park North will be the so-called designated speech area during the summit.
The site was moved after residents opposed a plan to use Trinity-Bellwoods Park for the protest area.
Activists have said they won't stand for having protesters penned in at designated demonstration areas.
They maintain the G8 and G20 are responsible for policies that create injustice around the world, and therefore the entire planet is their protest zone.
The G20 summit is being held June 26-27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It's being held in conjunction with the G8 summit in Huntsville, Ont., June 25-26.
Premier Dalton McGuinty said he has confidence in the police to oversee lawful demonstrations.
"Some people have got some concerns about some policies and we welcome their representation of any opposition, but we would also -- I would also -- ask that they do so in a peaceful and lawful way," McGuinty said.