the mayhem in genoa sparkedsupport demos around the world, including one in Toronto last Saturday afternoon. The 300 demonstrators cheered as speakers called for an escalation of militancy in the fall, when several local actions are scheduled: an anti-World Bank/IMF protest September 26, an OCAP-led economic disruption campaign October 16, a CUPE-led general strike, a protest outside the North American police chiefs' conference October 25 and an anti-WTO day of action November 9.The only noticeable division at the rally occurred when CAW rep Steve Watson was briefly prevented from speaking by a chant of "We support OCAP," apparently referring to CAW president Buzz Hargrove's decision to cut off that group's funding. Rally organizer Steve Kerr eventually intervened, telling the crowd, "He's not Buzz fucking Hargrove. Chill."
Free entertainment was provided by the Radical Cheerleaders and by the Global TV talking head who kept trying, with limited success, to time her sound bite with the passage through the shot's background of a black cardboard coffin symbolizing the death of democracy.