* Activists want more rights for minority groups
* Police tackle at least one protester to ground
TORONTO, June 22 As the number of police
multiply on Toronto streets ahead of the G20 summit this week,
gay rights protesters marched through the downtown shopping
district in carnival gear to demand global leaders address
Dressed in everything from jeans to grass skirts and pink
tights, more than 100 protesters danced through streets a few
blocks from where leaders from the Group of 20 rich and
developing countries will meet this weekend.
"We're queer, we're fabulous, we're against the G20,"
marchers chanted as two dozen police on mountain bikes watched,
breaking their strict formation at least once to tackle a rowdy
protester to the ground.
One protester wearing tights, stilettos and a pink-faced,
papier-mache head of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
clapped along as demonstrators danced to the beat of drums.
Protesters said they were trying to draw attention to the
rights of all minority populations marginalized because of
their gender, sexuality or socioeconomic status.
Canada is spending about C$1 billion ($980 million) on
security for two back-to-back international summits this week.
The Group of Eight will meet in the town of Huntsville,
Ontario, 215 km (135 miles) north of Toronto on June 25-26. The
larger G20 gathers June 26-27 in Toronto, where the city center
is awash with police and security fencing.
Protest groups have pledged to keep their demonstrations
peaceful, although even legitimate activists say talk is
growing of extremist groups who plan to use the marches to
provoke clashes with police.
(Reporting by Pav Jordan; editing by Rob Wilson)