Gastown Riots Vancouver Police Museum

The Gastown Riots of 1971

While the gathering began “peacefully,” no one could anticipate the violence that followed. On August 7th 1971, Vancouver’s Yippie Party and writers from The Georgia Straight organised a pro-marijuana “smoke-in” at Maple Tree Square to oppose Vancouver drug policies. Thousands of supporters gathered in the Gastown district, dancing in the

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