Riots in Vancouver: The American Reaction

I was not surprised to see rioting occur in Vancouver Wednesday night after the Canucks lost to Boston in the NHL championship series.

Combine lots of alcohol, crowds of young people, and an issue folks are passionate about, and it is not uncommon to see revelry that results in broken windows and torched patrol cars.

I was surprised to see Vancouver's police chief attribute the problems to the pre-planned actions of "criminals and anarchists," and it will be interesting to see if police are able to substantiate that charge after additional arrests are made for all of the destruction.

Contrary to the official explanation, the images and videos seem to show what one would expect to see in a riot: young drunks impulsively acting out violence while fueled by alcohol and the exhilaration of the moment.  

On a lighter note about the riot, one commenter had this to say:

Boston being out riotted by Canadians!?!  Just another sign of American's (sp) decline...
Yes, we Americans are even overly competitive in our ability to perpetrate large-scale urban vandalism and looting.

Good grief.

Have a good weekend everyone. 


Stina Lindenblatt said...

Great picture!

The sad thing is I doubt it would have been much different if Vancouver had won. Then it would have been called a celebration instead of a riot.

What makes me want to cry is that the tax payer is going to be responsible for that mess. Wonder how many kids, the sick, homeless, and families are going to suffer because of the stupidity of drunk, testosterone-overloaded idiots.

*The Old Geezer said...

And I always thought that all the riots happened here in riot capitol of the world...Los Angeles.

Jenny said...

Stina's comment really resonated with me. I dunno. Things feel 'off' just everywhere.

Bob G. said...

I truly miss the days when ALL you did to "celebrate" was shout a LOT...(until you were hoarse)

Doesn't matter if you're on the winning OR losing side...someone's gonna want to trash a city somewhere...for the most idiotic reason, too.
Seems EVERYONE loses at that point.

Good post and comments.

Stay safe up there

Ally Lifewithally said...

Isn't it a sad state of affairs when a "GAME" can end in a riot ~ Ally x

NikoleHahn said...

It's kind of interesting to note that after the Tsunami and earthquakes that Japan did not experience any looting. I think America could do well to learn from the Canadians and not take their sports so seriously that they do harm to property.

MONICA-LnP said...

waht to the previous comment!!!!I didnt know VANCOUVER was in America!maybe it was a backwards statement!:O

MONICA-LnP said...

My husband had to work the "riots"that occurred last year when the Lakers won and ALOT of those people,kids and women alike WERE not DRUNK!!(At least I hope the kids weren't)
hopefully they catch all involved,supposedly they have tons of video!

Maxi said...

I'm with Bob G. Use to be shouting at the top of your lungs was enough.

Serving alcohol at the games seems to fuel the fire.

secret agent woman said...

Rioting over the outcome of a freaking game. That's pathetic.

Krista said...

Let it be known that if Canadians care about ONE THING enough to riot? It's hockey. :oP

I am late to comment here but just wanted to express my disgust at fellow Canadians who rioted. I am LOVING the public shaming going on through social media though. Finally a worthy reason for Facebook!