- Posted June 16, 2011 by
Vancouver, British Columbia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Boston wins, Vancouver riots
Stanley Cup Leaves for Beantown...Fires and Rioting Left Behind
'I note significant restraint by the police, which I think was a wise move because despite the large number of police they were still massively outnumbered. I saw police taking hits with plastic water bottles chucked across the street, A few nearly got me.'
- elchueco, CNN iReport producer
Canucks fans were more than a little disappointed tonight as fans gathered to feed the flames of anger by overturning at least one vehicle and setting it on fire.
Bank windows were being smashed and port-a-toilets were overturned everywhere I could see. At lesst one truck was set on fire with frantic mobs feeding the flames with anything they could find.
Riot police came out but appeared to make a quick retreat rather than confront the angry crowd, perhaps to wait for reforcements.
Explosions, sounds of sirens and choppers were still active as I filed this report at 10:45pm.
The people I met on the street all wanted me to tell CNN that they were ashamed of this and that this is not the way Canadians normally behave.
I was quite surprised to see that most of the police, looking seriously outnumbered decided to retreat rather thanproceed with arrests.
I had several local people beg me not to file this report for fear of embarrasing an otherwise care free city.
Percy von Lipinski