Vancouver, British Columbia (The Weekly Vice) - Canadian authorities are calling it one of the worst riots they've seen in decades.
Following the Vancouver Canuck's loss in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, an angry mob formed in Vancouver's downtown streets and began rioting. A similar riot happened in Vancouver back in 1994 when the Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals against the New York Rangers.
According to police, rioters clashed with officers, smashed shop front windows, set several police cars ablaze and looted stores.
In one instance, two men attempted to hold crowds back from destroying and looting a department store. The angry mob eventually beat one of the men to the ground. Crowds quickly dispersed after noticing that the victim appeared unconscious (as seen in the video above).
Investigators say one person is in critical condition and up to 139 others were treated at downtown hospitals in connection to the rampage.
Vancouver authorities had actually planned on possible post-game angst by closing all downtown liquor stories in the afternoon during the last two games of the event. The city also expended $1.3 million in security preparations - promising that there would be no 1994 repeat.
Instead, the city's $1.3 million bought them at least four hours of rampage that authorities say caused more damage than the riot of 1994.
“It’s absolutely disgraceful and shameful and by no means represents the city of Vancouver,” said mayor Gregor Robertson. “We’ve had a great run in the playoffs here, great celebrations, and what’s happened tonight is despicable.”
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