Police are still searching for suspects involved in a riot in Blainville, Que. over the weekend.
The violence erupted on Saturday night after the end of a concert and fireworks show, part of Blainville’s summer festival.
Provincial police and forces from several other regions were called in to help break up the crowd of about 200 people.
“My husband and I were so scared. People were running left and right. We had to hide behind a tree to try to escape the violence. It was crazy,” says Nicole Picotte, who was caught up in the middle of the violence.
Officers were pelted with bricks and beer bottles, and the rioters tipped over a police car and tried to set it on fire.
Police eventually gained control of the situation by about 2 a.m.
Blainville police Const. Stéphane Giguère says it’s not clear what caused the riot, but he said it’s possible some of the young people involved were looking for internet fame.
“When the car was being pushed, we saw it right away on Facebook...they want to be stars so maybe they want to do that,” he said.
Radio-Canada social media reporter Bahador Zabihiyan agreed that social media often play a role in public mischief.
“Obviously, they were quite young so they want to show off with their friends and talk about it. It was popular because it was shared and people were watching it,” Zabihiyan said.
The suspects are expected to appear in court in early December to face charges of mischief, arson and taking part in a riot.