Breakdown of Order

by Shannen W. Coffin

I was elated last night when the Boston Bruins won the first Stanley Cup Championship that I can remember (I was too young to remember the last one in 1972). But on the streets of Vancouver, it was a much different story, with apparent widespread rioting, looting, burning of cars, and general hooliganism. This video is appalling.

This, of course, is not an indictment of an entire city, and the video shows brave citizens trying to hold off a growing mob, ending in a horrifying beatdown for one of those citizens. But what sort of planning was involved in letting a couple of hundred thousand people gather for such an event, drink heavily, and end up more than a bit ticked off when things do not work out for their team? Some reports were that the city transit system failed as well, causing more chaos. The stunning thing about the whole affair — at least as depicted in this video — is the apparent lack of police presence. The city eventually broke out the riot gear and got things under control, but only after a lot of property damages, more than a few injuries, and a general black eye for an otherwise lovely city.

It seems that there will be a lot of questions asked about how this sort of thing happened again, since it happened the last time that the Canucks lost the Cup.

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