Riots in Vancouver after Canucks lose Stanley Cup: live blog and photos

Photos by Parisa Azadi

The following is a live blog of the Vancouver riots compiled by twitter updates made by people witnessing the events taking place downtown.

 

Identify the perpetrators! Post and spread the word!

 

 

 

Photo by Wendy Struek via Twitter

: Huge crowd on steps of art gallery chanting: Let's go Riot!

They're now breaking into Sears on Robson Square. I'm assuming the Chapters across the street will be safe as these idiots don't want books, said @katarnett.

Police throwing tear gas into crowds, crowd backs off. Georgia near  Burrard.  Cambie Street Bridge closed.  Police cars racing from police headquarters on Cambie.

This pic just in from Matthew Sawatzky: 

Random riot tweet: Stanley Cup Riot 2011 already has an entry in Wikipedia isn't the internet great http://t.co/BzTPbhB #fail

Cop cars being turned over and looting at the Bay, BAdavid reports.

Tear gas has exploded in the crowd at CBC plaza, 24 Hours reports. 

Really Vancouver, really?  World class status has just been removed, wrote talesfromabar via Hootsuite.

Post office crowd has almost completely dispersed.  Well done @vdp, reports @AY604 on Twitter.

Mike PHater reports riot police are using circle method, trying to disperse crowds at most troublesome intersections.  Andrea Woo reprots that rocks are being thrown through windows at Richards and Georgia.  Looting at Black & Lee on Richards. (From Twitter.)

CTV News says that it's a choice few who were not interested in watching the game that are doing the rioting.

24H reports people on rooftops on Granville St.

Sun News reports that at least one person has been arrested.

Underground car fire between Dunsmuir & Georgia, St.John_hippo reports on Twitter.

Humour: The definition of intelligence.  Taunting a police officer in full riot gear. Idiots.  From @mbmeckle via Twitter.

@Hermida Riot act has been read I believe, perhaps to aid in crowd dispersal. Situation seems to be stabilizing.

RT @SusanLazaruk: #Vancouver 6 van loads of riot police have been dropped off at homer and dunsmuir. Just knocked out of the way by a riot police from behind.

24hoursvan   1:35pm via TweetDeck reports:

Riot police holds ground, crowd taunts them.... Second group of riot police and police on horseback on site #canucksriot

Mayor Gregor Robertson said on twitter:  Police and Fire are working to put out small fires, please move away to allow crews to move in and keep people safe.

A helicopter flying over Vancouver now is streaming images of the riots. See video here.

Car overturned on Georgia Street, as Bruin's hammer Canucks and grab the Stanley Cup.  Rioters threw fencing through window at BMO on Georgia and Hamilton.

The response on Twitter, where the updates are still coming, is like one long groan.

"You rioters are pathetic," writes one pained Vancouverite. "I have to sit here and watch you cost me money. F  you."ericbuchegger   1:31pm via HootSuite

RT @loxyisme: Do your duty. If you recognize those douchebag rioters in photos, turn them in.

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