Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has released a statement on Wednesday night's riots in the city following Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Canucks and Boston Bruins. The Bruins won the Stanley Cup with a 4-0 win.
"It is extremely disappointing to see the situation in downtown Vancouver turn violent after tonight's Stanley Cup game. Vancouver is a world-class city and it is embarrassing and shameful to see the type of violence and disorder we've seen tonight.
The vast majority of people who were in the downtown tonight were there to enjoy the game in a peaceful and respectful manner. It is unfortunate that a small number of people intent on criminal activity have turned pockets of the downtown into areas involving destruction of property and confrontations with police.
The Vancouver Police and Vancouver Fire Department are doing an exceptional job under challenging circumstances to maintain control of the situation and keep people safe, and emergency crews are working tirelessly to assist those who were injured.
The priority is public safety and ensuring that people can leave the downtown area to make their way home without further incident. Transit is operating at full capacity.
I urge the public to remain calm and to stay away from central downtown in order to assist police in restoring safety to our streets."
Vancouver Police have urged people to hold on to any photos they have of folks that are rioting, as they will presumably use those photos in prosecution. Public transportation is running outbound from downtown Vancouver, but bus and train service is not running for people trying to get down to the downtown area.
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