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Originally posted by FoxMulder91
As a Flames fan I was happy to see the Canucks lose. However this is terrible, they had riots like this in 94 when they lost in the finals. There was hope the way Vancouver handled the 2010 olympics that nothing like this would happen.
Plain and simple, this is not good.
There is a vast difference between gathering in such numbers to protest something deemed politically unacceptable and burning cars after the loss of a hockey game. To put it in the clearest context possible, if the people of Egypt were able to gather in much larger numbers and force the Mubarak regime out of power without acting like idiots, then what does that say about a city in the land of milk and honey in which people riot because of the loss of a sporting event? The Egyptians faced persecution for their actions, not to mention uncertainty as to whether the movement would succeed. That's bravery, and something to be applauded. And yet, here we are on the other side of the world acting like buffoons, lighting police cars on fire and causing such distention that emergency service vehicles can't even access the downtown core to deal with people that have sustained injuries.
At the flagship Bay store, looters jumped inside and were seen grabbing T-shirts and anything else they could get their hands on. Young women were seen escaping with MAC cosmetics. One girl carried out part of a mannequin. The landmark building was filling with smoke as rioters, their faces covered in bandanas, continued the violence. Almost none were wearing hockey jerseys. The looters turned their attention next on a Future Shop a few blocks away, smashing windows and flooding up the stairs to the second-floor store, only to turn around quickly. One witness said police were at the top of the stairs. Sears and Chapters stores were also looted, their glass fronts smashed.
Originally posted by testtubebaby
Vancouver has some of the craziest and strictest rule governing alcohol in the so called free world.
Infact its near on impossible to buy it anywhere beside government approved places. It shows how little the Canadian has to have to drink before they go nuts and start kicking off.
The rules in Vancouver are so strictly controlled and every thing is so monitored and restricted I just vant believe what I am seeing here. The police are not handling this too well. They are using kid gloves.
Im not from this village or from Canada but even these peace loving hippies can become violent at the turn of a screw.
But over a Ice skating final. Isn't Ice skating for girls? I mean it is not really a sport is it. In some places/Countries it is practiced as a Homosexual Martial Art!! or that is what I readedit on 15-6-2011 by testtubebaby because: (no reason given)
A group of concerned citizens – two young women, two men – thrust themselves in front of the rioters and implored them to stop. They asked how anyone could do this to such a beautiful city. They received jeers. Garbage was thrown at them. Before long, a couple of the rioters decided the only way to resolve the situation was to fight. Police fired a flashbang and the crowd dispersed.
Outside The Bay on Georgia Street, a half dozen young men chanted “Show some respect!” after the store’s windows were broken, its contents looted. They, too, were threatened. They, too, didn’t back down. It will be easy in the coming days to paint all Vancouver-area residents with the same brush. But just as some citizens set out only to do bad, some set out only to do good.
Thursday morning, while many of the rioters are surely nursing hangovers, a group of residents will meet in downtown Vancouver to help clean up the city. Thousands of people signed up.
Originally posted by The Great Day
This all could have been avoided they kept Surrey, Langley and Abotsford out...