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Mark Pugash, a spokesperson for the Toronto Police, called me to comment on the video I posted early, entitled Mon voyage à Toronto. The video shows images of various Toronto locations, juxtaposed with maps marked with skull and cross bones.

"They don't like capitalism. They don't like the world order. There's nothing there we haven't seen many times before," he said of the video.

But don't you think it worries people to see their neighbourhoods shown in this way, I asked him, suggesting that they could be targeted by violence or vandalism?

"I don't think people have any reason to be scared," he said. "We're taking all reasonable steps to ensure public safety. They can be reassured that we've been planning for this for a long time. There has to be an acceptance that there will be people in attendance with strong opinions. Provided that they don't cross the line, there's nothing wrong with that. If they cross the line, consequences flow from that. It's the line that separates legal behavior from behavior that's not legal, like if people incite violence or break the law."



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