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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 ...

Lisan Jutras was on the streets of Toronto this weekend taking in the events and watching the many demonstrations. In the end, she was one of the citizens held at Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue on Sunday night, only to be released just before 10 p.m. Lisan works at The Globe and Mail and although she wasn't accredited for the summits or on assignment, globeandmail.com was using some of her tweets in our live coverage.

She writes: "At around 5 p.m., I began following a bike rally in the financial district. It was a relaxed group with no obvious affiliations. There were two kids, probably eight and four, with a protective dad. 'Peaceful protest!' was a popular chant, as was 'let us through', when the march was blocked at intersections by lines of police. A huge cheer went up as it was permitted to travel west on Queen at Bay. People were walking now, not riding, and accumulating curious onlookers as well as people who just found themselves walking in a march."

What follows is a recap of her Sunday from her Twitter account @lisanjutras

Read her full story: Boxed in and arrested on Queen Street West

At around 5 p.m.

* Bike rally stops at Bay/Queen

* Because a line of police is blocking Bay Street.

* Carrying on west on Queen now.

* Rally cannot move because blocked by cops. Again. Chanting "let us through"

* Onlookers in Sheraton Centre confused, bemused, disgusted looking.

* The march has kind of suddenly grown large. Ratio of tag-alongs to protesters unknown.

* Way blocked at Queen and Spadina again, no one knows where to go.

* Cab driver caught in rally traffic jam jumps out of cab to deliver lecture on G8 geopolitics and economics.

A cab driver who was caught in the crowd.

Around 5:40 p.m.

* Bike rally stopped and not moving even tho marshal has said it will go north. Not sure why.

* So many frustrated bike rally people trying to clear intersection.

* Essentially there are two exit routes, N and E, but people are still not moving. Another line of cops has moved in to block south Spadina.

Around 6 p.m.

* Police just took away someone, holding him in alleyway just north of Queen.

* People incensed, yelling "what's the charge?"

* This is the impromptu holding pen

Picture taken by Lisan Jutras on Queen Street West Sunday.

* Guys coming in from the north in riot gear now, familiar screams of MOVE! MOVE!

* Chant starts up: peaceful protest!

* Riot cops moving in again, penning us in. Only exit now is eastbound. This is feeling bad.

* Cops performing crushy manoeuvre again, in riot gear. Intimidating.

* Coming in from all sides. This is insane.

* People with suitcases, trying to get home, are stuck here too.

At 6:19 p.m.

* No exit at all that I can see. Ok, this is truly not feeling good.

* Things just got nuts. Not allowed out. Civilians not allowed out. Pushing has begun, they are squeezing us between 2 rows

* People are starting to panic.

* The police keep saying MOVE and pushing us into smaller areas.

* The police keep saying MOVE and pushing us into smaller areas.

* No one has been half as provocative as yesterday.

* A down-at-the-heels guy got shoved and scared by riot cop while woman walking dog yells at cop to go easy.

* We are crushed into tiny space now.

* crushed in small space now

Picture taken by Lisan Jutras on Sunday on Queen Street West.

* Elderly people too

At 6:26 p.m.

* Everyone is calm here. Except me, my hands are trembling.

* Wikipedia says we could be detained here several hours. God I hope not. *kettling

At 6:30 p.m.

* Woman behind me was grocery shopping when she got caught.

* Talked to guy from Iran. "Are you in the protest?" I asked. "Now, everyone is part of the protest. How can you not be?"

* Why is cop filming this?

* Why are cops on top of the CIBC building on northeast corner?

* Oh they seem to be displacing spectators.

* But now they are all perched up there looking ominous.

* Am fine. People beginning to sit down, feels like there's more room now--my imagination?

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