Wounded G20 protestors to be treated in plumbing-free shack

Wounded G20 protestors to be treated in plumbing-free shack

On-the-street medics during G20 protests in Pittsburgh (Image: geeves) 

The $1 billion-plus allotted for G20/G8 security is apparently too scant to provide state-of-the-art first aid for detained G20 protestors, who will be cared for in a 10-by-30-foot trailer with no plumbing, according to an e-mail obtained by the Globe. If any justification is provided for the primitive nature of the clinic—which will have its water supplied via a technological innovation known as a “hose”—it lies in a number of assumptions communicated in the e-mail: that protestors will be young and healthy, and that some of them “will probably claim factitious injury as part of their tactics.” Anyone with “significant” injuries will be taken to hospital.

All of this has us wondering: what about corporate sponsorship? Wouldn’t Dasani, as opposed to hose water, make a superior antidote to tear gas? Could Band Aid not sponsor a bandage or two? Or would the irony simply be too great?

Call out for doctors to treat jailed G20 protesters sparks furor [Globe and Mail]