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June 27, 2010
Vandals mar summit protests in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) -- Black-clad demonstrators broke off from a crowd of peaceful protesters at the global economic summit in Toronto Saturday, torching police cruisers and smashing windows with baseball bats and hammers. Police arrested more than 150 people. Police used shields, clubs, tear gas and pepper spray to push back the rogue protesters who tried to head south toward the security fence surrounding the perimeter of the Group of 20 summit site. Some demonstrators hurled bottles at police. "We have never seen that level of wanton criminality and vandalism and destruction on our streets," Toronto police chief Bill Blair said. The roving band wearing black balaclavas shattered shop windows for blocks, including at police headquarters, then shed some of their black clothes, revealing other garments, and continued to rampage through downtown Toronto. Protesters torched at least three police cruisers in different parts of the city, including one in the heart of the city's financial district. One protester jumped on the roof of one before dropping a Molotov cocktail into the smashed windshield. (25 images)

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A protester kicks a burned-out car as a police vehicle burns in the background during an anti-G20 demonstration Saturday, June 26, 2010 in Toronto. AP / The Canadian Press / Ryan Remiorz


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A protester with, gas mask and camera, participates in a stand off with a line of riot police on Bay Street during the G8 and G20 Summits, Saturday, June 26, 2010 in Toronto. AP / The Canadian Press / Carolyn Kaster



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Demonstrators protest against the G8/G20 summits June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Store windows were smashed and a police car set on fire during the protest which was one of several planned in the city to coincide with the gathering of world leaders for the G20 and G8 summits being held in Toronto and nearby Muskoka June 25-27. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Two activists kiss in front of a line of riot police during the G20 Summit in Toronto Saturday, June 26, 2010. AP / The Canadian Press / Darren Calabrese



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Police officers hold their ground with demonstrators protesting the G8/G20 summits June 25, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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An anti-G20 protester is shoved forward by police with riot shields as other violent demonstrators smash and loot their way through downtown June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Getty Images / Simon Hayter



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Violent anti-G20 protesters use hammers and axe handles to break windows while smashing and looting their way through downtown streets June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Getty Images / Simon Hayter



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A shattered glass-plate window cascades down as violent anti-G20 protesters, smash and loot their way through downtown June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Getty Images / Simon Hayter



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Protesters smash windows in the Toronto's downtown core June 26, 2010 after a small group of anarchists broke from the main anti G20 demonstration and began a destructive march through the downtown. AFP / Getty Images / Geoff Robins



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Protesters smash police vehicles in the Toronto's downtown core June 26, 2010 after a small group of anarchists broke from the main anti G20 demonstration and began a destructive march through the downtown. Clashes erupted on the fringes of a large protest march outside the G20 summit in Toronto on Sunday, as hardline protesters set fire to a police car and scuffled with riot officers. AFP / Getty Images / Geoff Robins



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Violent anti-G20 protesters jump on a police car downtown June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Getty Images / Simon Hayter



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A violent anti-G20 protester, part of a group using Black Bloc tactics, smashes the windshield of a police car as demonstrators wreak havoc on downtown streets June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Getty Images / Simon Hayter



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Protestors surround a burning police car during demonstrations in Toronto, Saturday, June 26, 2010, as the G20 Summit got underway. AP / Gerry Broome



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Demonstrators burn a police car in Toronto, Saturday, June 26, 2010 as the G20 Summit got underway. AP / Gerry Broome



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A police car burns after violent anti-G20 protesters smashed their way through downtown streets June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Getty Images / Simon Hayter



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Riot police walk by a burning police car in downtown Toronto during anti G20 protests on Saturday, June 26, 2010. AP / The Canadian Press / Frank Gunn



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Police officers hold back demonstrators protesting the G8/G20 summits on June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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A protester with a daisy clenched in his teeth is seized by riot police during protests at the G8 and G20 Summits, Saturday, June 26, 2010, in Toronto. AP / The Canadian Press / Carolyn Kaster



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Police officers tackle and arrest a demonstrator protesting the G8/G20 summits June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Police officers push back and use their battons to strike demonstrators protesting the G8/G20 summits on June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Police officers tackle and arrest a demonstrator protesting the G8/G20 summits June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Undercover police officers arrest a demonstrator protesting the G8/G20 summits June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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A police officer chases a girl during protest against the G8/G20 summits in Queen's Park June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. The protestors were forced by police from the park back into the downtown streets. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Riot police in Toronto, Canada make a mass arrest in front of the Novotel Hotel June 26, 2010, where several of the G20 delegations were staying. Toronto police used tear gas and arrested more than 150 people when a violent mob tried to hijack a peaceful protest by tens of thousands of people against the G20 summit here Saturday, the city's police chief said. AFP / Getty Images / Geoff Robins



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A jewelry store owner cleans broken glass from a window shattered by demonstrators protesting the G8/G20 summits on June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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