What happened in Montreal
Okay, the emails are all coming out about last night. And that's even when I didn't offer hardly any comment on the incident.
Here's one of the less profane ones:
I'm a big fan and a regular reader of your blogs but I grimaced when I saw that you were joining the pile-on of negative editorial responses to last night's events on Ste-Catherine. I still have yet to see your comments about the game.All of that's true (except for me joining the pile-on). There's a criminal element at work here that used the massive celebrating crowds to mask looting and violence, but I don't think that means we should ignore the story.
There's another layer to this story that you touch on at the end of your entry but it is not being properly addressed by you and other non-local media: there has been a series of attacks against the Montreal police, specifically their cruisers, dating back to the fall and peaking in March with the destruction of 6 cars much in the same manner as last night's fire bombs. Local police officials are targeting so-called 'anarchist' groups as the likely culprits.
It says something about Montreal that violence erupts after games, even in the first round, and it is worthwhile talking about, regardless of who's causing the "riots." This is a story that affects fans trying to go to games and celebrate wins peacefully, and it adds an element of fear for people — especially those who have children.
Imagine being a Bostonian at the game last night?
The emailer above said this incident isn't something that's being widely talked about in Montreal, and maybe so. I imagine the city's embarrassed to take centre stage over something as ugly as this.
UPDATE More great photos from this Gazette staffer.