The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network has video of what it says is a Canadian security agent warning native activists that blockades during the G20 summit could trigger a reaction from foreign security forces in Canada to protect their leaders.
The network says the unidentified woman from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service met with two members of Red Power United, an aboriginal-rights group planning blockades across Canada starting June 24.
That's around the time an array of world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao, are to be in Ontario for the G20 and G8 summits.
APTN says the meeting was at a bus stop in Toronto last Thursday. The network says it provided the activists with a microphone and the encounter appears to have been videotaped from a distance.
The woman warns the activists that any blockade on Highway 400 that leads from Toronto north to Barrie would be a "bad idea." The summits are being held in Toronto and Huntsville, a small community to the north.
"I will tell you that straight up because there's going to be people travelling there from all over the world and different countries do not have the same perspective on activists as our country does," the woman says. "There's other forces that are from other countries that will not put up with a blockade in front of their president."
A spokeswoman with CSIS could neither confirm nor deny that the meeting took place. She cited security and privacy reasons.
"CSIS is continually assessing the potential for violence resulting from the activities of certain groups and individuals in the lead-up to, during and after the summit," Isabelle Scott told The Canadian Press. "We do respect and are committed to the right of lawful protest as guaranteed under the Charter."
But one of the activists at the meeting, Harrison Friesen, told APTN he viewed the warning as a "threat."
The woman on the tape also appeared to be seeking information on the anarchist group that claimed responsibility for the May 18 firebombing of a Royal Bank branch in Ottawa. But the activists told her their group denounces such violence.
On Tuesday, community groups held a news conference in Toronto, where they alleged Canadian security agents and police have been harassing and intimidating grass-roots activists in an effort to stifle legitimate protest.
In response, CSIS said agents are simply carrying out their mandate to assess potential threats.