Monday, 4 July 2011

Vancouver Riot - Civic officials "created an anarchist's dream"

“It was decisions made by the mayor and civic officials that created an anarchist’s dream scenario of overwhelming numbers, booze and fan disappointment. Mayor Gregor Robertson’s vow not to follow the Mayor of Boston’s decision to forbid downtown jumbo-trons set the stage for an enormous party as tens of thousands flocked downtown to see the game. It was city officials who helped turn the massive gathering into a drunken party by keeping the bars open even after provincial officials had wisely decided to close liquor stores early. And despite expert advice that predicted a serious riot risk, who ordered the city’s badly undermanned police units told not to appear in hooligan-deterring protective riot gear?”

  The riot picture shows a lot of people busy being innocent bystanders.

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