Meetings of the G20 originally
started in November 2008 in Washington DC, USA and have continued in
different member states annually. Generally they have always been met
with some degree of protest. The 2010 G20 Toronto
summit protests began one week ahead and were for various causes,
including poverty, climate change and anti-capitalism. However, more
than 1,000 people were eventually detained – described as one of the
worst violations of civil liberties in Canada’s history where civil
liberty campaigners then won the right with class-action lawsuits
A demonstration likely to have drawn up to 120,000 people at the G20 summit in Brisbane in
2015 was reduced to as few as 1,000 because of draconian protest laws.
Again, it was described as a low point in the city’s recent history of
social protest at a time when many in the community disapproved of
climate change being struck from the summit agenda by the government of
the day. However, most of these meetings were well controlled one way or
another – by legal methods or otherwise.