TORONTO, Ont. – It was an almost-chaotic scene during Saturday night’s G20 protests, but the city has been slowly coming back to life.
After a group of violent protesters walked Toronto’s streets, lighting police cars on fire and breaking company windows, Queen St. and Bay St. have attracted a new crowd Sunday – a group curious tourists.
Many visitors to the scene of Saturday’s Black Bloc protest demonstrations have very little to snap photos of, with only the sight of boarded windows.
Police officers are situated on almost every corner. Any visitors to the area are subject to a search.
One 16-year-old Welland, Ont. tourist said it’s odd to be searched, but also feels it is a good safety precaution.
“It’s understandable,” he said. “[But] I never get this at home.”
Police are conducting random searches throughout the day. Anyone travelling to the area should bring identification and expect to have bags and clothing searched.
Meanwhile, some curious onlookers have converged at King and Bay and the police are fortifying a line on the street.
The mood there is calm while some protesters have been mocking random police searches going on today.