When marauding vandals dressed in black and wearing face masks took to the streets of downtown Hamilton, Ontario on Saturday night setting off firecrackers, hurling rocks through storefront windowns and overturning cars and recycling bins, Canadians were shocked and horrified.
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Carrying a banner that said “We Are The Ungovernables,” the vandals shed their costumes and fled when police arrived, leaving an estimated $100-thousand in damage in their collective wake.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Hamilton police linked the mob to an anarchist book fair held at a Hamilton high school over the weekend but did not reveal the nature of their evidence.
They are now asking anyone living within a three-block radius of the affected area–a one kilometre stretch of Locke Street in the city’s Kirkendall neighbourhood–to check security camera video to see if any footage exists of unmasked marauders.
Police also said they were aware of an anonymous posting on an anarchist blog, allegedly written by someone claiming to be a participant in the incident.
“To all the undoubtedly sincere and principled anti-capitalists on the internet who wonder why the Starbucks didn’t get smashed but all the poor, sweet small businesses did, it’s only because it was just a bit too far north. My one regret from the evening,” the blogger wrote.
The investigation continues.
With files from CBC, Canadian Press, Huffington Post, RCI