- Legitimate left-wing activists with placards, flyers and websites
- Full-time criminals and delinquents who [use] anti-globalization as a pretext for street violence
There is however a third type of protester. The Thrill Seeker. This person will attend the protests simply to witness the spectacle. They want to be a part of a crowd and feel the atmosphere. It doesn't matter to them what the crowd wants or represents. Its kind of like the hateful version of the Love Parade.
I know of these thrill seekers because one of them is a friend of mine. A couple of weeks ago she used her Facebook status to invite protesters out saying: "Looking for someone to protest with at the G20. Anyone want to get pepper- sprayed with me?" I offered to pepper spray her at no expense to the taxpayer, that's my sense of humor, but I also wanted to know why she was protesting. She still hasn't answered me but I know this girl and I know the answer. She is looking for excitement, for a circus.
There were a few replies of "I'm there," and "Sounds like fun!" Most of the replies were "umm no thanks." The "no thanks," crowd makes up most of the good people of Toronto. Its a shame that a few bad apples and bored apples have to wreck it for everyone else.
A billion dollars just to herd to these people around. Police will be abused protecting these people and their city from themselves. Remember who is costing us this money, not who is spending it. Remember who is antagonizing, not the antagonized.