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'Why destroy your own city?' Rioters run wild in Vancouver after Stanley Cup loss

The AP reports from Vancouver, British Columbia:

Angry, drunken fans ran wild Wednesday night after the Vancouver Canucks' 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, setting cars and garbage cans ablaze, smashing windows, showering giant TV screens with beer bottles and dancing atop overturned vehicles.

The violence appeared to start when fans set fire to a stuffed bear decorated to symbolize the Bruins.

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Some 100,000 Vancouver Canucks fans gather at the corner of Georgia Street and Hamilton Street in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia under a giant jumbotron television to watch Game-7 of the Stanley Cup NHL Playoffs on June 15.

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A police car burns during a riot in downtown Vancouver on June 15 following the Canucks' 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.

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Police confront rioters.

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Police officers pursue rioters.

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Riot police in front of a burning vehicle.

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A police officer walks amid debris following the riot.

"What I've seen is a complete disgrace," said Beth Hope, 28, who is originally from England but has lived in Vancouver for two years. "I'm a Canucks fan, but my jersey's in my bag. I'm ashamed to be a fan right now."

Hope said she saw a parkade on fire and cars ablaze.

"It's insane, it's absolutely insane," she said. "What's the point? Our team lost. Why destroy your own city? I'm afraid."

Read the full story and see images from Game 7 in an earlier post on PhotoBlog.