And This Wasn't Even About the Stanley Cup!


SLM
#1
This is a residential area about 15-20 blocks from where I live.

Stupid, drunken idiots!


St. Patrick’s Day mob in London, Ont., torches TV van, battles police
DIANA MEHTA
Toronto— The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, Mar. 18, 2012 7:25AM EDT
Last updated Sunday, Mar. 18, 2012 10:09AM EDT

An intoxicated crowd of up to 1,000 people spent much of Saturday night fuelling a large street fire and attacking authorities who tried to intervene as St. Patrick's Day celebrations in London, Ont., went awry.

The upheaval on Fleming Drive in the city's east end drew about 65 police in riot gear and 10 firefighters to the scene.

The area, near Fanshawe College, is heavily populated by students and has been the site of previous disturbances, but none as large as the latest one, authorities said.

“It was pretty tense and it was kind of unusual, even for that area,” District Fire Chief Jim Holmes told The Canadian Press.

“That particular area has had some incidents in the past but I don't think ever to this scale and this number of people and this length.”

The trouble began when a group of revellers took over a CTV news van, flipped the vehicle and set it on fire.

“The crews got there and tried to get in and they were pelted with rocks and bottles,” said Chief Holmes. “They got through and then the vehicle exploded.”

A few party-goers were hurt by the leaping flames but were treated for injuries that were “nothing too serious,” Chief Holmes said.

The crowd then continued to fuel the fire with bottles of alcohol, fences ripped from neighbourhood homes and anything else they could find, he said.

“They kept feeding it,” said Holmes. “They brought a 60-inch TV from the basement of a house and threw it on. They uprooted some trees, threw it on the fire, mattresses, furniture all kinds of things.”

All the while, the throng of people gathered around the flames refused to let fire crews through to douse the blaze.

“At one point somebody threw a 20-pound propane tank into the fire, so we had to move everybody back before it exploded,” said Holmes. “Fortunately it did not.”

“We just didn't want any of the kids to get hurt, that was our big thing. But we couldn't really get in there to do much.”

At that point, London police and fire crews decided to stand back to avoid escalating the situation further.

“Going in there with that number of people might not have been good for anybody. So we just kind of stayed back and were patient until we decided it was time to move in,” Holmes said.

Authorities eventually moved in just after 4 a.m. when the crowd had thinned out.

Constable Krissy Belanger says 11 people have been arrested and 17 police vehicles were damaged from last night's activities.

Fire trucks on the scene also suffered some scratches and dents from the bricks and beer bottles that were hurled at the vehicles.

A number of smaller fires were also reported in other parts of the city, but none compared to the huge blaze that drew the largest crowd.

Some area residents took to social media sites on Sunday expressing their frustration at the havoc wreaked by the revellers and questioned why authorities didn't move in earlier to break up the crowd.

But Chief Holmes said police and firefighters had made the right decision in holding back.

“From what I saw from being there for the entire evening, if police or us had moved in earlier, it would have created a much more dangerous situation,” he said.

“There was way too many people to move in and do anything...it wasn't a life threatening situation at that point so I believe the right thing happened.”

St. Patrick’s Day mob in London, Ont., torches TV van, battles police - The Globe and Mail
 
taxslave
+4
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Just watched this on the news. Nothing like alcohol to fuel stupidity. They should have all just smoked a big fatty and chilled out.
 
bill barilko
#3
A friend of mine lived in that place for a time-said it was so stifling/boring he almost went crazy-I guess it finally got to someone.
 
Ron in Regina
+2
#4
Watching footage of this on the TV just now. What a pack of 'tards....
Looks like some good footage of several faces of folks throwing stuff
into fires and at cop cars, etc...
 
SLM
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in ReginaView Post

Watching footage of this on the TV just now. What a pack of 'tards....
Looks like some good footage of several faces of folks throwing stuff
into fires and at cop cars, etc...

This area around the school has been really problematic for some time now. Constant issues with wild parties but this was just beyond wild!

It used to be a nice quiet residential neighbourhood too.
 
Mowich
#6
I'm watching this on the tube right now, just goes to show that some people will use any excuse to cause mayhem. It doesn't have anything more to do with St Pat's Day then the Vancouver riot had to do with hockey.
 
darkbeaver
#7
In the run up to the full police state we will see many staged productions bolstering the need for assault gun toting police and other surprise crowd cooking implements. These types of rowdy parties wouldn't happen if everyone were in bed at a decent hour.
 

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