As citizens gathered volunteers garbage bags and shovels and gathered by the hundreds in the city of Vancouver to begin cleaning the dust by the massive riots after the match ’7 Canucks Stanley Cup finals loss left Wednesday night, the police chief of Vancouver deflected criticism and blame “anarchists and criminals” the orgy of destruction and looting.
Chief Jim Chu said he was with the way officers deal with the situation satisfactory – the chaos continued for three hours, he said, about half the time, the riot with the fiscal 1994 Stanley Cup in Vancouver, despite the biggest crowds on Wednesday .
He said a lot of rest after he arrived, the police violence on television, and nine were thrown objects and bites hurt.
Chu said nearly 100 people were arrested and more arrests expected that members of the public, with tips, videos and photos of what have happened.
He said 15 vehicles were burned, including two police cars.
The guide for those who have come into the riots as “young men and women like the Canucks fans who called participated actually dressed criminals and anarchists. These are people, equipped with masks, goggles and gas, are including fire extinguishers used as weapons “.
Chu said that many were arrested during the violent protests during the Olympic Winter Games. He said his office and other agencies are now held “several” investigations of what happened, to prevent a recurrence.
“In retrospect, had we known what was coming, probably more police stationed there would have. He did not know that,” said Chu.
A. The BC Crown will establish a team of lawyers to the costs that hit by riots on Wednesday.
Most of the nearly 100 people arrested by the police during the riots after the game was released 7 of the Stanley Cup finals during the investigation.
Vancouver police say 85 people were arrested for disorderly conduct was arrested along with eight others for drunkenness released.
There were eight arrests, including for theft, damage, assault with a weapon and burglary.
Two persons in connection with a knife had been invited, police said.
Four people were released with a court date and two cases had enough evidence to keep track of.
The city woke up Thursday with broken windows, broken bottles and trash-strewn streets, as cleanup crews continue working to remove debris.
A bloody trail of footprints outside a coffee with the brand on the road next to a pile of broken glass, overturned, while the flavor was counter-model, and members on the first floor of the Sears and the Bay.
“It’s devastating. It’s disgusting,” said Mekaela Brion, whose apartment became a haven for 16 of his friends, the city was captured Wednesday night.
“It’s thinking on Facebook and YouTube, all over the world. The people, this is Vancouver, but it is not. It is only a small group of idiots.”
Plywood covered the windows of the shops in downtown Vancouver, and the tape of the police-lined sidewalks.
BC Premier Christy Clark has promised that the authorities track down those who participated in the riots and asked all those who recorded the events of Thursday night, to testify to the police.
“If you’re responsible, you are responsible. Know his family, friends and employers,” Clark said in a statement released on Thursday. “You will not be able to hide behind the cover with his handkerchief.
“The vast majority of citizens gathered and dispersed peacefully, but unfortunately also experienced the chaos, there were good Samaritans. People who had the courage to defend what is right and the people who have been helping to clean the morning after, .
“These people deserve our thanks. They are what defines our city and our country.”
Cameron Brown, 26, was one of those good Samaritans.
Sports photographers in Vancouver has had three points in one eye, scratches on the knee and burned right hand and a swollen lip after trying to light a fire on the demonstrators left a trash can to delete.
“I have a couple of teasing, shoving, but not too much,” he said. “And then something suddenly, I realized that I was on the floor.”
The Canucks organization issued a statement condemning the violence.
“The destructive actions and unnecessary violence, which are shown by a minority of people last night in Vancouver is very disappointing for us all,” the statement said.
“As an organization, we thank the police, firefighters and rescue workers who have shown courage and experience, in a very difficult situation. We are proud of the city where we live and play, and we know that the actions This evil man not a reflection of the citizens or Vancouver Canucks or the true fans of the hockey game. ”
Chu aggressive if, in a press conference on Thursday by the amount of time it took the police asked about the riots under control. Several journalists said they saw the police and the rioters were burning cars and looting shops.
However, Chu said the officers were not following a redistricting plan to the team and crowd control to bring themselves or innocent people in unpredictable situations.
“If a crowd is so large, it is difficult to get influential people,” said Chu. “That’s what we found tonight. The people were very, very big. Live In sites that had a plan to create corridors for the people around them, but were soon again. Criminals and hide behind the anarchists many people. They were looking for the opportunity. ”
Some have called Chu resignation and said he miscalculated the situation.
“This is not the first time someone called for my resignation, and will not be the last,” he said.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson visited the most damaged in the riots.
“There was absolutely no sign of coming,” he said. “Both the G-20 (” summit “of heads of state and Toronto) and the 2010 Olympics, these criminals were good for the organization and preparation for action and crime in the streets known company. He ‘There was no evidence that the executives last night, “he said.
“What we saw last night was atrocious behavior of people who came downtown to commit crimes,” he said and expressed praise for the efforts of police and emergency teams.
There was good news: Vancouver has not the destruction of their city in the aftermath. People came to clean up downtown on Thursday glass shards and debris. More than 14,500 people have registered to attend the event on Facebook Cleaning Vancouver.
“It was a real flow of support from the citizens … people who try to return to our city,” Robertson said. “This kind of spirit is what Vancouver is.”
“What makes me so angry,” said BC Children’s Hospital of auto researcher Aimee a shirt and wearing rubber gloves Canucks, wearing a garbage bag. “My goal as fast as I could.”
The 29 was just behind one of the dozen people on the street cleaning of roads shortly 7:00
“It broke my heart,” said amateur hockey loss. “But it only makes things worse. I want the world to the city that I do not see that, that,” he said, to break that passers-by stopped to thank.
Wynne Powell, president and CEO of London Drugs, which closed one exit on Thursday, after serious damage was in the riots, said it is difficult to put a dollar amount of losses during this period. He said he was grateful that his staff was uninjured.
“It is a sad moment in the history of Vancouver,” said Powell.
In Ottawa, federal politicians joined in the condemnation of the protesters. In the House of Commons, MP for Vancouver Centre Hedy Fry called “rogue states” that damaged the shops.
“Justice must be fast and safe,” he said.
Another MP, Mr John Weston, said the riots were “inconsistent with the character” of British Columbia. The West Vancouver-Costa del Sol, Sea to Sky Country MP said not to destroy photographs and riots goodwill be created at international level when the Olympic Games in Vancouver.
“I think everyone knows that there is a potential of 100,000 people, when they were on the road for something bad to happen and a small town just spoiled the party for everyone,” he said.
Federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews does not comment on how they handled the riots, but said he was “deeply saddened” by the violence.
“What the incident to the need for a strong police presence, even in the meetings seemingly harmless and benign demonstration,” said Vic Toews.
Fans stunned Canucks jerseys still paint the face and walked the disaster and many have left their hotel on Thursday morning to return home.
Colcough Courtney, 20, from Port Alberni, British Columbia, in the final. Canucks temporary tattoos on her cheeks were stained and she said she did not get much sleep.
“I could not even back to the hotel,” he said. “The police kept the crowd and I think the only way to control it.”
He said he saw the fire just minutes after the game ended. She and her friends stayed until the scene started to go wrong, but was caught in the crowd and could not get to his hotel in the city back late at night.
For years, residents of Vancouver are horrified at the sight of the ruined city to express again – bring back memories of dark unrest that followed the defeat of the team in Stanley Cup final in 1994.