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Two Post photographers arrested at G20 protest

Kier Gilmour / Canwest News Service

Kier Gilmour / Canwest News Service

Photographer Brett Gundlock of the National Post is arrested by riot police downtown, during the G20 summit in Toronto, June 26, 2010.

National Post Staff  June 26, 2010 – 10:51 pm

Two National Post photographers were arrested Saturday night during anti-G20 demontrations in downtown Toronto.

Brett Gundlock, a staff photographer for the Post, was tackled and taken away by several police officers in riot gear as they attempted to disperse protesters hanging around near the Ontario legislature.

Kier Gilmour, a photographer for Canwest News Service who witnessed the arrest, said the officers knocked Mr. Gundlock to the ground and then dragged him away. He had been standing with several other media photographers at the time.

“They slammed him down, onto his ass so to speak, then they dragged him back up and pulled him back to the police line,” Mr. Gilmour said.

Colin O’Connor, a freelance photographer working for the Post, was also apparently detained.

Mr. Gilmour said the police were being very aggressive in trying to disperse the remaining demonstrators near Queen’s Park, which is several blocks away from the secure zone where the G20 meeting is taking place.

“They kept screaming ‘it’s time to go home, it’s time to go home.’”

He said that every few minutes a group of officers would rush the crowd at a full sprint and grab a few people. The protesters were not doing anything violent or provocative at the time, he said.

The photographers were believed to have been taken to a specially built detention centre east of the downtown core. More than 100 people were believed to have been detained and taken to the centre last night. The Post had received no communications from the detained men as of 10:30 tonight.

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