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Friday, 17 December 2010

B.C. bloodshed garners international attention


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B.C. bloodshed garners international attention: "Street gangs have sparked a wave of violence that has left dozens of people dead.
Last year, a gang war heated up and resulted in many shootings. In the first six months of 2009 alone 24 people were killed and dozens more were wounded.
The bloodshed garnered international attention. “Once upon a very recent time, Vancouver had a clean, safe image,” said an article in the British newspaper, the Independent. “As it prepares to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, what it's got now is not cuddly, eco-friendly publicity, but blood-spattered streets littered with shell casings and corpses.”
Police attributed the bloodshed to a handful of gangs fighting over a dwindling supply of cocaine from Mexico -- The Mexican government had initiated a crackdown on the cartels that sent cocaine to the U.S. and Canada – and local marijuana, which the gangs use to acquire the cocaine.
The Independent Soldiers and the United Nations gangs fought for control of the drugs with a handful of gangs, including the Red Scorpions, the Buttar Gang, the Sanghera"

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