A Riot of the Canadian Kind

Violence erupted in Vancouver on Wednesday night after the city’s ice hockey team, the Canucks’ 4-0 defeat to the Boston Bruins in game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals. Many said that it was the worst riot ever seen in the history of Vancouver. Vancouver Canucks expected to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in its 40 year history. Angry, drunken Vancouver Canucks fans took to the streets, setting cars and rubbish bins ablaze, smashing windows, etc. But at least two of them knew how to riot after a painful loss to a U.S. hockey team. A Canadian photographer took a very interesting photo, that can show us many things about a riot of the Canadian kind. “There were these two people on the ground in this empty street. Initially I thought one of them was hurt .” He took a few shots and then the moment was lost


The Western media said: “Canada-based photojournalist Richard Lam took the photograph. “At that point, the riot police charged right towards us. After I stopped running, I noticed in the space behind the line of police that two people were lying in the street with the riot police and a raging fire just beyond them. I knew I had captured a ‘moment’ when I snapped the still forms against the backdrop of such chaos but it wasn’t until later when I returned to the rink to file my photos that my editor pointed out that the two people were not hurt, but kissing .” he said. They were in no-mans land … There were a lot of crazy people out there he added.”


Angry, drunken Vancouver Canucks fans took to the streets, setting cars and rubbish bins ablaze, smashing windows, showering giant TV screens with beer bottles, dancing atop overturned vehicles and looting shops. Two police cars were trashed. Officials in Vancouver said almost 150 people required hospital treatment and almost 100 were arrested during the riot. Police Chief said 15 cars were burned, including two police cars. He said officers identified some in the crowd as the same people who smashed windows and caused trouble through the same streets the day after the 2010 Winter Olympics opened in 2010. “These were people who came equipped with masks, goggles and gasoline. They had a plan.” he said. “The 1994 riots spanned six hours while this week’s was brought under control in three” he added.


Is the riot a political or social riot? No. The Canadian riot seems like a blind riot of mobs. If the Canadians wanted to change their government or their situation, they had to do it in the May election. Last month, Harper was re-elected for a third time, and it was really meaningful. When Syrians, Libyans, Iranians, Spaniards, Greeks, etc have real protests, Canadians re-elect Harper and have a caricature of a real protest, a blind riot of drunken mobs, and a blind riot of kiss, blood, fire and hug ! The riot shows that the myths about the Canadians are only myths

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