The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is looking to lay charges after thousands gathered in a local neighbourhood following the annual Panda Game football match between Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.
The match took place on Saturday, October 2 and according to OPS, the pre and post-game events for the football match were conducted safely.
However, shortly after 8 p.m., several thousand students gathered near the Sandy Hill area in Ottawa where a car was flipped and one person was assaulted.
Investigation into Post-Panda Game Incidents. Anyone with information regarding any criminal behaviour or who has evidence like photos or video is asked to contact the Central Criminal Investigation Section, 613-236-1222 ext. 5166. https://bit.ly/3BdV2q0\u00a0\n\n#ottnews #Ottnouvelles— Ottawa Police (@Ottawa Police) 1633280644
"Investigators have been assigned to identify anyone who committed crimes," said the statement from OPS. "The OPS will also work with the University of Ottawa and Carleton University staff where students from those were involved in these behaviours."
A tweet from 1 a.m. on Sunday, October 3 showed the flipped car as well as garbage littering the street.
So, things seemed to have gotten a little lot of hand tonight after the #PandaGame.pic.twitter.com/QIcKfjA4h3— Steve Higham (@Steve Higham) 1633238096
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson tweeted that he was "absolutely disgusted" by the behaviour of those involved.
THREAD:\nI am absolutely disgusted by the behaviour of those involved in the unruly party on Russell Ave following yesterday\u2019s Panda Game. Individuals, including police officers, were injured and private and public property was damaged. 1/— Jim Watson (@Jim Watson) 1633273956
Jacques Frémont, the President of the University of Ottawa, also issued a statement on the post-Panda events, saying that he was "disappointed."
As President of\u00a0@uOttawa, I am\u00a0immensely disappointed\u00a0about\u00a0post-Panda events in Sandy Hill.\u00a0\u00a0See the statement\u00a0both our provost and I just\u00a0issued\u00a0https://bit.ly/39YXjcB— Jacques Fr\u00e9mont (@Jacques Fr\u00e9mont) 1633284717
"We are confident that the great majority of our students chose to celebrate the Gee-Gee's Panda game victory responsibly and that they share our deep frustration and disappointment that the disgraceful actions of a number of students will now reflect poorly on all of Ottawa," Frémont said.
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