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Rioters lay siege to Vancouver

Angry mob torches cars, smashes windows in wake of Canucks’ defeat

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Thousands of rioters laid siege to parts of downtown Vancouver Wednesday night in the wake of the Canucks loss to the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals. The angry mob set fire to cars, smashed windows, and fought amongst themselves as riot police tried to restore calm. Hundreds of police were called in to deal with the chaos, which officials estimated involved over 100,000 rioters at its peak. The trouble apparently started as the game was winding down when people started throwing beer bottles at giant screens that were showing the game. Soon after, a car was set ablaze and things degenerated from there. Police had to shut down bridges coming into the downtown core, while TransLink pulled all buses out of the downtown core and the SeaBus stopped ferrying passengers into Waterfront Station. Officials haven’t released the final tallies but dozens of people were reportedly being treated in local hospitals as a result of the riots.

Vancouver Province

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