SURREY – Stanley Cup Game 7 was supposed to be a festivity of sports, excellence, fair play and joy in support to our team, players and all fans not only in Vancouver but all over the province and country. Indeed that was a case in the Rogers Arena, majority of Vancouver Downtown streets and on numerous locations all over Lower Mainland with support from local municipalities and hardworking staff and volunteers. And then centre stage was token by anarchists, looters, thieves, call them as you want directing everything in wrong direction, but we already express ourselves regarding riots and what they did to Vancouver, to me very interesting element of this story was motion of some to blame everything on Surrey.
Dozens of tweeters come out on Wednesday late night dispersing their thoughts regarding riots directing responsibility towards Surrey. Somehow these smart heads connected dots between rioters and Surrey as place of their origin and belonging. Variety of their claims and conspiracy theories is so wide that is almost impossible to answer on all of them, and why I would do that because there is no point to discuss with people like that. My intention is to present other view on Surrey and Canucks celebration site in last month or so since The City of Surrey welcomed community on the Central City Plaza coordinating that with large crowd of sponsors and activities for all generations.
I can agree with these commentators that we need to “blame Surrey” especially Mayor Dianne Watts and her team, all those who invested hours and hours of their time to organize everything. Blame should be put on them because they dare to put intellect, ideas and resources in action in effort to secure and ensure place where everyone can celebrate and cheer for FREE, enjoy spending spring afternoons and evenings with friends and family. They’re guilty for giving a chance to youngsters and even babies to enjoy incredible moments on the plaza, building their relationship with community, sports and after all their families. Some of other wrongdoings are making a space for celebration, unofficial one, on Scott Road and 72nd avenue intersection without even smallest incident. I think that RCMP should send them bill for all deployed officers who didn’t had anything to do on all game days except interacting with public and making sure that their presence will be visible. Even RCMP is guilty for being available to the community and making positive impact on Surrey citizens, and being ready to educate them regarding their function and duties in area of providing security in everyday life to Surrey families.
This group of people (Mayor Watts, Councillors and City staffers) is guilty for helping local business stationed in Central City Mall and around in Surrey Downtown area to earn some extra profit and be at service to at least 3 to 5 thousand people during and after every Canucks game in Stanley Cup Finals. Seriously who come with idea which can help citizens employed at Central City Mall or small local business to keep their jobs and feed their families, I mean we need to be angry at the City of Surrey and we need to condemn their actions during last month or so.
Bringing so large crowd on one location, building their pride with Canada, Canadian sports and athletes, allowing them to sing O’Canada with pride and fulfilling emotions without diving themselves on Bosnians, East Indians, native Canadians, Chinese or Vietnamese ethnic base is also wrong and should be stopped for ever because that’s dining “Blame Surrey” tweeters and their followers to continue mocking this great community and city. This kind of celebration is dining them a chance to make ridiculous comments regarding everything positive what happened in Surrey in last few years. So when they are not able to destroy that in practice they’re trying to destroy Surrey’s effort through negative propaganda in social-media intending to move responsibility from thug on Vancouver streets on someone else. They don’t understand what their tweets are doing to communities and people all over the province, they’re encouraging rioters to continue where they stop on Wednesday night or Thursday morning, to continue committing damage to public property, endanger lives of average sports, culture or just nice and peaceful life fans not only in Vancouver and Surrey.
“Blame Surrey” tweeters should be ashamed and condemned for what they did and what they’re doing with propaganda like this.
My pledge to citizens of Surrey, Vancouver, Lower Mainland and British Columbia is: Please let’s get together, let’s help to each other in cleaning the mess and rebuilding all damaged stores and properties, please work with your friends and families on building our communities and relations. Please let’s show to the world that we’re not “Blame Surrey” or “Riot, riot” population, that we’re not destroyers and looters, let’s make something positive from this events.
I would like to hear your opinion regarding Vancouver riots and “Blame Surrey” tweets. Please be free to leave your comments and thoughts.
Majority of my article is written in a form of sarcasm which is intended to present other positive side of the medal regarding Surrey’s celebration of Canucks road to the Lord Stanley Cup. I’m acquaintance and Twitter friend of Mayor Dianne Watts, Councilor Linda Hepner and other Councilors, also I’m friend with Councilor Barinder Rasode and they didn’t ask me to write this article or defend The City of Surrey from attacks on Twitter. This article is my personal response to “Blame Surrey” twitter and should be read, comment and distributed in that manner.