There were a few people involved with the Vancouver riots on Wednesday night following Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 that weren't trying to burn cars or loot businesses or cause harm to others or to the city. Unfortunately, the emphasis in that sentence has to be put on the word few.
Some people tried to protect their property. Some people tried to defend their city, standing in front of massive, rioting crowds while making pleas to stop the violence. Those people didn't win.
Here's video of a young woman trying to protect her car from the crowd. One person can't stop a mob, sadly, and her BMW wound up turning into the accelerant that allowed flames to reach the awning of the Hudson Bay Company store on Georgia Street. That part starts at around the 4:30 mark, but every clip here is incredible to watch.
Elsewhere, a brave soul stepped up and tried to stop a crowd from looting a store. He stood guard with a street pole and tried to fend off looters, even angrily declaring "This is our f*cking city!" before the crowd decended upon him and beat him to a pulp. The video isn't easy to watch, just so you're warned. It gets real at around the 3:00 mark.
During coverage of these riots live on Wednesday night, a reporter asked Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson what he thought of people standing idly by, watching the city get torn apart. You want to know why people don't jump in more often when stuff like this happens? These videos are pretty damn good reasons why.
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