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Vancouver Riot After Stanley Cup Defeat (Photos, Video)
Canucks Fans Riot as Bruins Win 2011 Stanley Cup
Enraged Canucks fans took to the streets in a riot as Vancouver lost the Stanley Cup in Game 7. It started slow, but reports of violence and vandalism are emerging. Cars have been set on fire, a bus have been overturned, Boston Bruins fans beaten up, and someone fell from the Georgia viaduct.
Downtown Vancouver was packed for hours before the game even started (for Vancouver, this was bigger than the Olympics), and Vancouver is seeing its first riot since, well, the last time the Canucks lost in the Stanley Cup finals, which was in 1994 against the New York Rangers.
Despite an elevated police presence, rioting has broken out in downtown Vancouver. The final score of the game was Boston 4-0 Vancouver. There was a very heavy police presence downtown after the game: I walked home amid lots of pissed-off fans to see cops with video cameras: the reverse documentation along with large numbers of police seemed to keep most people calm. It seemed to work, but not for long. At this point [10:30pm local time], the police are on the verge of using force to clear the rioters from the downtown core.
I only encountered one street fire and a few broken bottles, but the situation has definitely been escalating. I use the term "riot" here, though it isn't centralized, or as intense as other acts of civil unrest we've covered recently (for example, Spain, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and other places with something to actually riot about). Still, we're talking about a hockey game, and not an oppressive regime.
Don't throw stuff at cops. It's a very stupid thing to do. And remember, kids: you have to come back downtown in the morning to go to work. Exactly how much broken glass and burnt metal do you want to wade through?
A friend who works Vancouver General Hospital said that they declared a Code Orange, and are swamped with new trauma admits, including a man who got stabbed in the neck.
One thing about the Vancouver hockey riot: it's very, very well-documented, which seemed to encourage those who were causing trouble, rather than deterring them: those that I recorded were only too happy to mug for the camera. The problem (for the rioters) is that the police can use Twitpic and YouTube, too.
Watch this space for photos and video of the Vancouver riot.