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Picture taken by Lisan Jutras on Queen Street West Sunday. (Lisan Jutras/The Globe and Mail)
Picture taken by Lisan Jutras on Queen Street West Sunday. (Lisan Jutras/The Globe and Mail)

On the ground

Caught in the storm, penned in at Queen Street Add to ...

At 7:08 p.m.

* And now it's thundering and raining. Argh.

* Police are justifying this by saying everyone shoulda left when they were told to

* Police keep us from seeking shelter under underhang but lots of brollies

* Truthfully the police did not announce they would pen us in

* I see a paddy wagon.

At 7:19 p.m.

* I had police suggest exits to me but only after I asked. What about others who didn't ask until too late?

At 7:26 p.m.

* Still here and safe

At 7:57 p.m.

The Globe's Jen MacMillan wrote this tweet: Spoke to @lisanjutras by phone. She can't tweet due to wet phone.

At 8:01 p.m.

The Globe's Matt Frehner wrote this on our live blog: Lisan just phoned in. She is in a small group still being boxed in at Queen and Spadina. They are slowly letting people out, as more police arrive to relieve those who have been stationed there. She also saw some of those who left being placed in handcuffs.

At 8:09 p.m.

"Right now there is a line up to be arrested," Sammy Katz tells CP24

At 8:26 p.m.

The Globe's Jen MacMillan put this tweet out: "Just spoke to @lisanjutras via borrowed phone. She is OK, but stuck in the rain. Only way people are getting out of area is by getting arrested."

At 9:42 p.m.

Globe reports that the tense stand-off comes to an end in downtown Toronto. Cheers from crowd as police let whole group go.

* Update: I was arrested and cuffed, held on bus for abt 20 minutes and then given an unconditional release. More later. (Jutras was not given the opportunity to show her press credentials.)

After midnight Lisan recaps her story. Here are selected updates

* Thank you so much everyone for your concern.

* I was not let go because I was media. They didn't even look at my credentials before cuffing me. No one looked at them once.

* I was released with everyone else who was being detained on my particular bus. I gather they did the same with other buses.

* The most shocking thing to me was 90% of the people I talked to at Q&S were there taking pictures/grocery shopping/being pedestrians.

* And the protesters that were there were not provocative.

* The cops I saw were from Saskatoon, Niagara region, Toronto, and were varying degrees of nice to horrible.

* One guy said "We're working on gettin' ya out of there. Won't be long now" and smiled. Was he being sadistic and weird, or did he not know..

* ... that we were all ultimately going to be verry slowly arrested and detained one by one?



* They really didn't let me say anything. I said "Give me a chance to speak" and four (yes) officers were on me instantly, forcing cuffs on me


* They really didn't let me say anything. I said "Give me a chance to speak" and four (yes) officers were on me instantly, forcing cuffs on me

* And trying to (weirdly) pull off my bike helmet. I don't know why they stopped and let me wear it but I was yanked away by female officer.

* Same officer also had my purse with phone number for legal representation in it. She promised I'd get it back in detention.

* This made me feel really nervous. I begged her to tear off piece of paper with lawyer's number on it but no dice.

* Everyone's stuff was put in clear plastic bags with our ID. The officers all had stickers but no one knew where to put them. On bags? Dunno.

* Talked to people around me. Couple were walking home, got caught. Student w/ Chinese accent, insuff. ID, also there by chance.

* Woman of couple was corporate lawyer. "Guess that does me no good here," she joked to her police escort. She was really, really sweet.

* Later had a different guy behind me, also really sweet, totally docile, joking too w/ cops, meanwhile we were all shivering like crazy.

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