A fiery St. Patrick’s Day riot took place in London, Ontario; placing them among the new list of world-class cities in the world. All jokes aside I am sure this is not how London wanted to get noticed. Police are now going through video and witness statements; hoping to find those involved. So far 11 people have been arrested and the clean up has begun. It is strange that this would have happened in London Ontario, out of all places. However, it was close to Fanshawe College and it is understood that this was an area waiting to explode. Drinking, students and warm weather seemed to be the toxic mix that turned into an all out riot. Many of the idiotic individuals recorded themselves and spread it through social media. I am assuming the alcoholic mix also makes you not think, but Police will for sure comb through the online videos and pictures that were taken and posted.
The area, around Fleming Drive, is often called a “student ghetto“. With over $100,000 dollars in damages and in light of the rioting, repercussions are on the way. During the police media conference, London Mayor Joe Fontana said the rioters would be held accountable. I am sure that Fanshawe College does not want the association with this riot, nor do London residence. What were they thinking?
- Cleanup continues after St. Patrick’s Day riots in London, Ontario (macleans.ca)
- Riot aftermath: Break up student ghetto, London college urges (windsorstar.com)