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GLOBAL JOURNALIST: A look at G-20 Summit protests

Saturday, July 3, 2010 | 6:18 p.m. CDT; updated 11:20 a.m. CDT, Sunday, August 8, 2010

Charles Davis, National Freedom of Information Coalition, Missouri School of Journalism: Freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, of course citizens in democratic societies like the United States and Canada enjoy these rights and these freedoms, but it is not always so clear-cut as we saw in Toronto this week. Canadian police arrested more than 900 mostly peaceful protesters at the G-20 Summit – a biannual meeting of global finance ministers which often attract activists, lobbyists and demonstrators. These meetings often result in clashes among police and protesters, and this week's summit was no different. Did police overreact? What is the status of peaceful protest in North America and around the world? Are governments becoming increasingly authoritarian in their response to protesters? Christopher Pike, can you walk us through the events as they pertain to your life in the last week? How did you get arrested, and what was your experience like?

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