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While I don't doubt that there were hockey fans among the rioters, please be very cautious in labeling the rioters hockey fans who had too much to drink, or who took their anger out by rioting and looting.

There were many witnesses' reports of seeing people who wore hockey jerseys to downtown, and they had items such as baseball bats with them. Clearly, these were hooligans who were planning to use the occasion to cause damages. Their hockey jerseys were disguises. A small number of boozed up hockey fans, once they saw the initial violence, joined in as well.
世界新聞中也許不多提及﹐但騷亂時﹐有不少市民冒著危險﹐企圖阻止騷亂份子搶劫放火﹔6月16日﹐也有過萬市民自動自發的上街幫手清潔…

騷亂的確讓溫哥華蒙羞﹐但真正的溫哥華人﹐並不是這樣的。
The riot after the game is plain stupid. There are better ways to take on your frustration than to trash the city center.........
nights 發表於 16-6-2011 16:03
"I had not expected the violence to be so pleasurable .. This is, if you like, the answer to the million-dollar question: Why do young males riot? They do it for the same reason that another generation drank too much or smoked dope," Buford writes.

"Violence is their anti-social kick, their mind-altering experience, an adrenalin-induced euphoria that might be all the more powerful because it is generated by the body itself."

Those who watched in shock as the media covered this year's Stanley Cup riots -as the flames flew higher, the looting raged on and the cheers grew louder -couldn't help but notice the visceral enjoyment experienced by the intoxicated men, and to some extent, women.

"They weren't even angry. They were having fun," said University of B.C. sociologist Rima Wilkes, who studies collective action.

"There seemed to be a lot of privilege there. They acted as if they were untouchable. As if they weren't criminals."

Wilkes noted that with their stylish haircuts and hip clothes, the selfabsorbed Vancouver rioters were much different from the looters after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. While many of the hurricane looters stole essentials such as food and diapers, she has been told Vancouver's rioters were more inclined to steal cosmetics.

"Many people seemed to treat the riot as entertainment," Wilkes said in an interview. "They were taking pictures of the fires and overturned police cars. If there had been a dead body, would they have shot a photo of that? People get caught up in the moment, and in the crowd mentality, and they think this is acceptable behaviour."

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"I had not expected the violence to be so pleasurable .. This is, if you like, the answer to the million-dollar question: Why do young males riot? They do it for the same reason that another genera ...
心禪上人 發表於 18-6-2011 08:13
I agree that it's "at the moment" and opportunity-takers. You can also say it's the Broken Window theory at work and the wrong-doers believed that they could hide in the mass. Well, with the social media and abundances of camera phones. The tools that made them "heroes" will also be the reason they got caught.

It's amazing that they continued to crowd around vehicles that're burning fiercely without even worrying that it can explode if the gas leaked out.
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