Downtown Vancouver rocked by Stanley Cup post-game riot
VANCOUVER -- Angry Canucks fans are on a rampage, smashing windows, looting and torching cars and dumpsters on the streets of downtown Vancouver.
More than three hours after the Stanley Cup final loss, police are moving up Howe St. toward the crowd massed at the Chapters book store on Howe and Robson.
They are very gradually pushing the crowd North up Howe.
Police spokeswoman Jana McGuiness warned earlier that police are about to escalate their response.
She said they will be igniting flash-bangs, which make loud noises and spray.
"What we're doing right now is bringing in hundreds of police officers."
The message is, you need to leave."
Yes, I'm going to make this political. What is it with blue cities and liberal bastions rioting immediately after championship games? And usually, it's the winning team that riots, which is odder even.
And yes, it does seem to follow certain cities with particularly pent-up angst. And they tend to be among the bluest out there.