Photos: Mexico's World Cup Win Had Rowdy Fans Reveling In The Streets
Mexico came into the games as an underdog, but has continued to advance in the World Cup, much to the elation of the team's fans. After yesterday afternoon's 3-1 victory over Croatia, revelers took to the streets to express their national pride.
In Huntington Park, fans brandishing the Mexican flag flooded the streets after the game ended at 3 p.m. They gathered near Pacific and Florence Avenues and blocked surrounding roadways and lit off fireworks. Some were even caught by CBS 2 crews jumping onto a truck and rocking it back and forth.
Despite the car rocking, this was more of an exuberant unlawful gathering and less of a let's-smash-everything unlawful gathering. Four people were arrested for being drunk in public, one for “failure to disperse,” and another for throwing a bottle at police. She took off running, but was quickly apprehended. A KTLA sky pilot referred to her as "a knucklehead."
In Pacoima, celebrations also spilled into the roads in a very similar manner. Officials shut down numerous ramps on the 5 freeway, as well as the intersection of Van Nuys Blvd. and Laurel Canyon Blvd. Seven people were detained, but once again, no injuries were reported.
While seeing a group of people so happy they decide to rock a car is a bit staggering for those of us who celebrate by ordering a pizza, it's really pretty low on the rowdiness scale.
For example, in 2009, a Lakers win prompted fans to light things on fire, put trash cans on the Blue Line track so it couldn't run, attempt to overturn police cars and loot a sneaker score. Last July, Van's U.S. Open of Surfing event caused mayhem in Huntington Beach. These revelers tipped over porta-potties, wrenched street signs out of the ground, and one guy even threw a stop sign through the glass window of a bike shop. Police posted photos of some of the rioters to Facebook and at least one supreme knucklehead was arrested when he "liked" his own photo.
Mexico’s next match is on Sunday against the Netherlands, and police plan to have the same support ready, just in case.