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Montreal mobs loot stores after Game 7 win in the NHL playoffs\\n\\n

Riot police in Montreal moved in to quell rowdy mobs that began smashing windows and looting stores following the celebration of the Canadiens' playoff win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Thousands of people poured into the streets Wednesday night to celebrate the win, and most people were peaceful, a police spokesman said.

But police fired tear gas and pepper spray as they marched down Ste-Catherine Street to break up the crowd as some people were throwing bottles at officers and storefronts. At least 30 people were arrested.

The RDI television network showed youths breaking into and looting a number of shops, including a Foot Locker store. Some tossed clothes from the store onto the street and the items were quickly scooped up by those in the vicinity.

Some had donned hoods and masks to conceal their identities.

Police officers wearing protective gear were stationed at every intersection. Police on horseback were also assigned to monitor downtown.

Police spokesman Ian Lafrenière said most of the arrests were for breaking into two businesses.

"A lot of Canadiens fans came forward and they were not happy about what was going on. It’s not them, it’s a small group of organized people," he said. "When you’re looking at a group of people marching two by two, this is not a coincidence."

The violence happened hours after thousands of people poured into the streets celebrate the Canadiens' 5-2 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh, capturing their best-of-seven NHL playoff series in seven games.

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by Anonymousreply 20May 16, 2010 11:18 PM

LOL even in Montreal it's the coloreds that are looting. I thought they didn't like the cold?

by Anonymousreply 1May 13, 2010 8:13 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words.

by Anonymousreply 2May 13, 2010 11:16 PM

I hadn't realized that lotting moobs are such a huge problem in Canadia, we had some when ew wnet to Vancouver.

by Anonymousreply 3May 13, 2010 11:27 PM

Hockey is a huge obsession with Canada and goes too far.

by Anonymousreply 4May 13, 2010 11:31 PM

They're mostly white, so they're not animals.

by Anonymousreply 5May 13, 2010 11:38 PM

Montreal has a very low crime rate but hockey makes them crazy. This is not new. This is a tradition of Cup-prompted folie a tout dating back 100 years.

by Anonymousreply 6May 14, 2010 1:58 AM

Please Don't break the strippers!!!!

by Anonymousreply 7May 14, 2010 2:22 AM

Whew! Thank goodness it's not us this time.

by Anonymousreply 8May 14, 2010 2:39 AM

I hear the police in NYC are gearing up for the Tony Awards night looting.

by Anonymousreply 9May 14, 2010 2:45 AM

Stay classy!

by Anonymousreply 10May 14, 2010 2:52 AM

Please don't let them be French Canadian... Please don't let them be French Canadian... Please don't let them be French Canadian...


by Anonymousreply 11May 14, 2010 3:07 AM

[quote] most people were peaceful


by Anonymousreply 12May 14, 2010 3:34 AM

Hockey hooligans?

by Anonymousreply 13May 14, 2010 3:49 AM

Rioting over the conference semifinals? Jeez, Montreal, act like you've been there before.

by Anonymousreply 14May 14, 2010 4:10 AM

Was Riot-Dog there?

by Anonymousreply 15May 14, 2010 4:13 AM

[quote]I hear the police in NYC are gearing up for the Tony Awards night looting.

There's gonna be another Stonewall if Lansbury loses.

by Anonymousreply 16May 14, 2010 4:31 AM

More images of the looting

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by Anonymousreply 17May 15, 2010 7:35 PM

White Wilding

by Anonymousreply 18May 16, 2010 8:20 PM

You think that's bad, Philadelphia will go wild when the Flyers win the Stanley Cup.

by Anonymousreply 19May 16, 2010 11:08 PM

Did they set anything on fire?

by Anonymousreply 20May 16, 2010 11:18 PM
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