Canadian Riots :(
Nearly 150 hurt in Vancouver riot following loss
It was similar to the scene that erupted in 1994 following the Canucks’ Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers, but the latest violence shocked Canadians unaccustomed to such riots.
Wynn Powell, the president and CEO of London Drugs, estimated the damage there at $1 million alone. He said the looting wasn’t the random consequence of a mob mentality.
“The rioters attacked us for two hours before they got into the store,” he said. “They were down attacking the stores of Vancouver to try to steal product.”
Television footage showed a man being beaten after he tried to stop looters, who were seen grabbing T-shirts and anything else they could get their hands on. Young women were seen with MAC cosmetics, with one carrying out part of a mannequin. The landmark building was filling with smoke as people, their faces covered in bandannas, continued the violence.
The looters turned their attention next on a Future Shop store a few blocks away, smashing windows and flooding up the stairs to the second-floor store, only to turn around quickly. One witness said police were at the top of the stairs.
Sears and Chapters stores were also looted, their glass fronts smashed.
“What I’ve seen is a complete disgrace,” said Beth Hope, 28, who is originally from England but has lived in Vancouver the last two years. “I’m a Canucks fan, but my jersey’s in my bag. I’m ashamed to be a fan right now.”