Riots in Vancouver following ice-hockey defeat

Chaos erupted in downtown Vancouver Wednesday night, after the hometown Canucks were beaten 4-0 in the Stanley Cup finals.

The violence erupted shortly after the game ended, with stabbings, cars being set on fire and shops being looted.  The riots were similar to those that erupted after the Canucks Stanley Cup loss in 1994.

Police tried to quell  the rioters with tear gas and pepper spray, before finally managing to re-instate some form of control close to midnight.

Gregor Robertson, the Vancouver mayor, described the scenes as “embarrassing and shameful” adding that “the vast majority of people who were downtown were there to enjoy the game in a peaceful and respectful manner”.

 

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