As usual there's a large, and somewhat excessive police presence at the Lilac Festival. I have no complaints about any of the police, who were all quite friendly. I just find it to be an absurd waste of money. Calgary has a silly policy of mandating a certain ratio of police to attendees, which is then billed to the organizers. That's a huge burden. And, it ignores the fact the festival has been totally peaceful throughout its history.
Opponents of the Canadian Seal Hunt used the torch cermony as a way of getting attention for their cause. Unlike the "Olympic Resistance Network", they are not opposed to Olympics per se. It's mainly a means of garnering public attention. I would take a wid guess they had around 20 people when I was there.
The apparent arrest, by the same officers, seen in the smaller picture, was the only one I saw. Otherwise, police were pretty much just walking around and meeting people.
A couple members of the RCMP on horseback.
I choose to think I caught the motion of a finger wave. It could also be I was just out of focus.
The Calgary Police Service monitored the demonstrators.
I happened by this scene by North Hill Centre on 14 Avenue NW. Off camera there's more police presence, suspects being detained, and also mall security nearby.
I took this picture of members of the Mounted Unit of the Calgary Police Service while at Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary.
This is one of the photos I took at the Calgary Stampede Parade on July 4, 2008.