Montreal Fans Riot After Canceled Show

Angered by the cancellation of a punk concert in Montreal, dozens of people smashed windows and overturned cars, setting them ablaze last night (Oct. 14).

Angered by the cancellation of a punk concert in Montreal, dozens of people smashed windows and overturned cars, setting them ablaze last night (Oct. 14). The concertgoers, many of them youths sporting spiked-hair and cutoff denim jackets, rioted shortly after 8 p.m. when they were told the groups the Exploited and Total Chaos wouldn't be performing at Medley Hall.

Some members of the U.K.-based Exploited were refused entry into the country by Canada Customs, the French-language TV channel LCN reported.

"One of the organizers decided to come out and tell the crowd that was here that the concert was canceled. At that point the crowd turned crazy and turned into a riot," Yannick Ouimet, a Montreal police spokesman, told Global Television.

Hundreds of young people had been waiting on the street for the show. Several picked up material from a nearby construction site and hurled the items at cars and windows, a witness said. At least four cars were overturned and set on fire. Flames were shooting out the side windows later as firefighters directed streams of water at them.

"There was a lot of anger," said Sylvain Bouchard, who had a ticket for the show. "They were on the hoods. They broke windshields. They turned cars upside down -- and they set them on fire."

Philippe Yeung, who lives above a shop near the concert hall, said he called police five or six times before they arrived more than a half-hour later.

On one block, 24 cars had broken windows. At least six shops were damaged. Riot police with helmets and shields closed off several blocks as the young people fled, smashing store windows along the way. Several people were arrested along city streets, with some placed into police cars whose windows had been smashed.


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