The 2010 Olympics were too hard a target. The WTO meetings that same year were too soft. But for anarchists, the Vancouver Canucks’ agonizing Stanley Cup Game 7 loss was just right.
Video footage of a raging mob burning cars, looting stores and attacking police played out in prime time on TV screens all over the world, causing many to wonder just what the heck happened to that polite and beautiful city up North. The response from Canadians, who share a quietly fierce pride in their country, was a collectively ironic, “Woe, Canada.”
First B.C.’s Premier, then Vancouver’s Mayor and finally Police Chief Jim Chu stood before reporters and stated the Canadian version of their former monarch’s words, “We are not amused.” Nor were Canadians anywhere.
Unfortunately, Vancouver is learning what Seattle discovered in the wake of the 1999 WTO riots–that bad things can happen to good cities. In both instances, that particular bad thing was anarchists.
Anarchists have probably been around setting fires since man discovered that particular method. Modern day anarchists have since specialized in their particular cause, whether it be animal rights, environmental protection, or the classic anti-government radical. These groups and individuals often have over-lapping interests and often gather to share their information on such relevant topics as anti-police tactics, bomb-making and even cyber-hacking.
The only difference between anarchists and mainstream individuals who share a portion of their more lofty ideals is the connection to violence. And when anarchists gather and make plans (isn’t planning the opposite of anarchy?), things get violent.
Following the brief and relatively mild pillaging during the 2010 Olympics one Vancouver resident told a Seattle Times reporter, “They do not represent this city at all,” said Jim Burkinshaw. “They are not protesters. They are anarchists.” (2-13). The Vancouver Sun reported today that the same anarchists present during the Olympics had returned for the final Stanley Cup game.
Chief Hu will need some good talking points to explain his intel lapse, but in the end it turned out to be just what the anarchists wanted: a surprise.
If I were a betting man, I would guess that the looting, torching and rioting would have happened had the Canucks won or lost. Anarchists, and the thieving mob that somehow attaches to them like remoras to a shark, don’t care about the event. Nor do they care about the community, its businesses or public servants.
Makes you wonder how they look themselves in the mirror. Maybe that’s why they wear masks?