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In Vancouver, Riot Cleanup -- and Consequences -- on Twitter and Facebook

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 16 2011

Flickr user Matthew Grapengieser shares this image of the violence in Vancouver, B.C. after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup Final on June 15.

Sometimes, Internet activists want to protect people who take to the streets from being identified and pursued by the state.

Sometimes — like when people get so upset about their hockey team losing the Stanley Cup that they riot in the streets, burning cars and looting grocery stores — activists want to help the state instead.

That seems to be the case in Vancouver, B.C., where, as Mashable is watching closely, people are posting photos of people who rioted in the streets after the Canucks lost 4-0 to the Boston Bruins. The photos are going up for the express purpose of answering the authorities' call for photo and video evidence of rioting. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has announced the city will use images submitted by witnesses to identify and arrest rioters.

Conscientious Canadians are organizing cleanup on Facebook and Twitter as well as shaming their unruly neighbors.

(With Andrew Seo)

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