Hash Mob Gets Seen And Heard

After a successful occupation of Conservative MP offices in the ‘905,’ Toronto Hash Mob returned home for a final stop on their Marc Emery Awareness tour. They held a successful protest at US Consulate, Saturday, May 22.
For University Ave consulate protests Toronto police don’t fuck around. They lie about city bylaws, criminal codes, anything to keep protesters six traffic lanes from consulate building.
That’s not seen. Nor heard!
Especially when there’s a lovely traffic divider with trees and grass between those six traffic lanes. The space can easily fit hundreds. It’s a perfect place for sessions and signs. Mayor Miller refers to the green space as a mini park.
We came down on US Consulate side several blocks from police perimeter chanting Free Marc Emery. Thirty feet before police line we stopped because I got tired. Toronto Hash Mob fanned out showing their ample signs to traffic.
Officer A. Shaw and unknown cop rode up to chat.
“You can’t sit on the sidewalk.” He said.
I explained I was tired from marching and having health conditions.
“What’s your plans for today?” officer Shaw asked.
Trying to convince me the best spot would be courthouse entrance area.
I thought otherwise.
Suggesting the mini park running down University Ave is ideal.
“I’m protesting the US government.”
Officer Shaw said everyone protests where he suggested. My keen interest in protests knew he was misleading me. Toronto Police Service push protesters into an area where they can not be seen or heard by US consular staff.
Well not today.
In exchange for my details we were given “permission” to protest where we wanted. The only space where we could be seen by US consular staff.
I told officer Shaw, “We’ll march down to your police line symbolically for our YouTube and FaceBook updates then move to the park.”
After my breather we resumed our march.
At the police line Goodster did the Peaceful Protest Pledge. Leading protesters through some chants. Our group had gotten larger as people who were standing on courthouse side came over. I did some last minute cop haggling. Agreeing to move people if numbers swelled.
Score one for the good guys.
We’ve been protesting here with the world since Sept. 10, 2005.
I got the t-shirt.
Plenty of people pitched in to make this Toronto rally a close knit stoner affair. From a Tim Horton donation, a herbal tea still, five megaphones and signs. Oh so many signs and megaphones!
And some sidewalk chalk.
Not sure what started the incident but Toronto Police Service got agitated and unprofessional an hour before 420. Several officers were standing on University Ave in southbound lane arguing politics with protesters. No concern for their own or protester safety.
Political slurs were used by Toronto Police Service in an effort to provoke an incident. Several protesters armed with video cameras were unnerving other officers who were watching officer S. Lum (badge #1013) use language unbecoming an officer. Some protesters may believe S. Lum’s political views are representative of TPS as he was a paid uniform officer at the time he made them.
Funny how our video cameras made officer A. Shaw nervous.
I tried to calm him, “the cameras are there for your and my safety only.”
We spoke away from the cameras. I was certain he was aiming to make an arrest. Then tell protesters he’d let me go home without charges if they moved along.
I came prepared for the possibility.
Thankfully things didn’t unfold that way.
Given my strong negotation skills.
At 419 we opted to quiet down and huddle up for prince of pot. An overcast day kept our number lower than expected. But provided for a nice intimate 420 smoke up.
Afterward we renacted a Simpson episode where Bart setups police megaphones deafening Springfield. Jodie Emery called for a final address, which boomed Bart Simpson style out all five megaphones.

Matt Mernagh
Matt Mernagh

Matt Mernagh is author of Marijuana Smoker's Guidebook The Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains (http://amzn.to/1bRlaGm) by Green Candy Press and hosts a weekly weedy webcast The Menahuana Zone on Pot.TV every Tuesday. The Mernagh Ruling is a test case of Canada's cannabis laws and was spearheaded by Mernagh, lawyer Paul Lewin and 22 witnesses from across Canada.