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Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot 2011 - Is This Deja Vu?
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Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot 2011 - Is This Deja Vu?

9:19pm, June 15th, 2011: Vancouver has broken out into it's second Stanley Cup riot in 17 years, well, since last time they made the Stanley Cup in 1994.

Before the puck dropped in a 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins, several of the over 100,000 Vancouver fans lining the streets outside Rogers Arena began throwing miscellaneous objects and debris towards the big screen.

After a tough, drawn out series, this was almost anticipated by the city of Vancouver. With over 50 riot police on standby for the event, we all could have anticipated there was the feeling of unrest going into this anxiety filled game 7 crowd.

The crowd then started wreaking havoc in several different parts of the city, starting with an apparent fire on a police vehicle that was flipped and caught on fire. The fire was extinguished relatively quickly. This was caught on tape by CBC cameras along with many individuals who decided to put their smartphones to use to capture the events as they unfolded.

This however was followed by unruly fans jumping on the top of the vehicle, feeding into the crowds behavior.

It was reported that a few blocks up, several people starting throwing large items, including rocks through the Bank of Montreal windows. Wow! Again, this was caught on video and there are likely to be some arrests handed out tomorrow when the dust clears.

Fire after fire is continuing to be set, and the police are beginning to exercise force through tear gas explosions and riot gear. The unrest is likely to continue through the night as the crowd seems to be slowly moving as a heard...or as the police push them from one location to another.

Much of the rioting activity was caught on video tape from people's phones and sent in instantly to one of the many Canadian stations covering the event, including CBC. Many arrests are likely to follow the events and I think you are going to see Vancouver reconsider "street closures" for game night events in the future.

I guess as a group, we should have learned from the first Stanley Cup. There is a very large difference between being a fan, and attending an event in anticipation of something happening. Which...I believe is why many people were down on Georgia Street in the first place, in anticipation of another Vancouver Riot.

As the events continue to unfold, this news story will continue to be updated. But honestly, when will we learn as a society. Vancouver fans should be appalled and this behaviour should not be supported.

What are your thoughts on the Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot of 2011?


Street Talk

Vusi1  

I find it strange that people do not always take pride in preserving their own facilities. It quite barbaric to find such behavior in the 21st century society. Totally unacceptable Cheers Vusi

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  about 3 years ago

It can be very dangerous to have a camera and to be seen photographing these events. My father was almost killed while taking pictures of the rioting in Halifax, at the end of World War II. He was hospitalized for several days.

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You are completly right about the picture. At beginning sometimes I do not care about, but actually I do.

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Yea the picture adds to the content of the article and draws the reader closer. Nice picture.

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Absolutely, images can fill in the blanks for a visual reader, which most of us are. We grow up reading books with pictures in them and I think we crave it deep down in side as an adult. Have you ever read a novel and it had a subset of image pages in the middle...did you go straight to those images to check them out?

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  about 5 years ago

Wow, looks like you guys having fun there in Vancouver! :))

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  about 5 years ago
  

Yeah, apparently we are making cocktails you can throw at our pubs!

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  about 5 years ago

Most of the times if not all, when you have riots and destruction of property,look at the crowd.I am quite sure you will not have shop owners or people who have invested their money to improve our society.The crowd of destruction, is usually a crowd that owns nothing.

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  about 5 years ago
  

They may not have been stakeholders in businesses within the city, but I wouldn't say they don't own anything. These people definitely did not have a connection to the materialistic or property within the city center of Vancouver.

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