Civil liberties groups have objected to the policing of the G20 event. From the Times report:
“Civil liberties are in rough shape today,” said Nathalie Des Rosiers, the general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, which had two of its observers arrested and detained. “We will have to have some accountability for what is going on.”One difference between Toronto and other venues is that public officials appear to have been more honest and transparent regarding the costs of all of the security measures. The costs are estimated to total in excess of $1 billion.
In a statement, the Canadian branch of Amnesty International called on governments to review the security measures made for the meeting, including a temporary suspension of various civil liberties in the portion of this city’s downtown near the meeting site.