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riot 2011

  • Jun. 16th, 2011 at 11:38 AM
standing in a small crowd outside of a vietnamese restaurant looking through the glass, watching footage of the riot on television. cheering kids in jerseys, raising their arms and cavorting in front of overturned, burning vehicles. turning around and seeing the majestic, darkening purple mountains, the beautiful summer sunset, marred by thick black smoke rising from the city. these are things i see in movies, not things i experience in real life. how strange is that?

hearing about the guy who fell four storeys off of the viaduct. the stabbings, the beatings, the broken windows and the looting. the chapters that got broken into for the sake of destruction, though nothing was stolen, because they didn't want books. they wanted louis vuitton and coach bags, high-end cosmetics, candy.

falling asleep to sirens and helicopters beating through the night. waking up to sirens and helicopters, again, but also a city that rose early and brought garbage bags and brooms downtown to help clean up the mess. words of encouragement, support, and shame scrawled on the plywood put up in the broken store windows.

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Lindsay
leightsy wrote:
Jun. 16th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
yep, all those things.
Sad and embarassing day for Vancouver. All the things I have to say about it have already been said.
broken
liich wrote:
Jun. 16th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
the last two lines say a lot....and hopefully reflect far more of the ideals, the ethics and the morals of the people of vancouver than the few idiots who wasted everyone's time causing the unnecessary damage.
and those people who chose to come out and help clean up and support everyone else....i hope that the news relays their story far louder than the ones about the riots....
angel monster
malloreigh wrote:
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
did you hear about the cleanup where you are? i know the riot was national news. there was a riot in boston, too, though.
angel monster
malloreigh wrote:
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
did you hear about the cleanup where you are? i know the riot was national news. there was a riot in boston, too, though.
three ducks in a man suit
monophobia wrote:
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:37 am (UTC)
The sad thing is, I honestly feel there were jerks out there waiting to riot no matter the outcome. Hockey was just a "convenient" excuse.
angel monster
malloreigh wrote:
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
oh, for sure. definitely. 100%.
angel monster
malloreigh wrote:
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
oh, for sure. definitely. 100%.
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