Like most of you I would LOVE to know this guy is and why, despite the fact the seems to have been a chief instigator of the police car attacks that the police aren't the least bit curious about him. Even if he is a government agent, as some suspect, it doesn't matter.
Most Canadians do not believe in agents provocateur any more than they believe in the tooth fairy. If you talk to them about police instigating violence disguised as the black bloc you might as well tell them about how aliens picked you up on the weekend and took you to visit Elvis while you're at it. Pictures of boots and backpacks are not going to convince them. It would take something like a confession, with supporting documentation, presented live on CBC News in front of Peter Mansbridge.
I've seen more and more from various people bringing up the agents provocateur theory and focusing on that risks losing everything. It makes those calling for a G20 inquiry look, to most Canadians, paranoid and delusional and decreases the credibility of all of our claims.
If you have absolute proof that would stand up in court, not circumstantial evidence and theories, then fine but otherwise we need to focus on what we can prove. Police brutality, the suppression of guaranteed charter rights, illegal search and seizure and more.
Most Canadians and most Torontonians have already made up their minds about what happened on Saturday afternoon, and nothing is going to change it. It is the story of what happened after that that needs to be told. It is the events of Saturday night and Sunday that require an inquiry. We can hope that more information about Saturday afternoon will come out in the wash but no political party is going to call for an inquiry over this guy and they wouldn't get much public support if they did.
Ultimately it doesn't matter if there were police in black hoods or not. It doesn't matter because even if it is true, it wasn't only police. Various anarchist groups announced they were coming and have published their accounts including taking responsibility for Saturday's violence on their web sites. If pressed and presented with evidence police will simply claim that they had operatives within the group to gather information and the whole thing will go away. In Montebello, Quebec the police admitted to using agents and the public still didn't care.
This is an uphill battle to begin with, stick to the fights we can win and the ones that are worth fighting. Our fellow citizens were denied their charter rights, denied their human dignity and in many cases were physically assaulted, threatened, lied to, had their possessions seized, and in some cases may have been at least sexually harassed if not abused. If we want to ask questions about that we can get much of Canada onside to find the answers. Let’s not blow it by throwing in questions that the bulk of the population will find absurd. In the end who, individually, broke which window is not a question that is nagging at me.