Post-Panda Chaos: “People were removing parts from the car and throwing them away”


“I turned around and people jumped on the car and all the windows broke. Then they turned it over. That was the scariest part.”

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On Monday after lunch, the sun rose over Russell Avenue. The brooms too, for there were so many sharp little edges left from the broken peace of the weekend.

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Christine Peters, 20, in fourth year, and Danika Longtin, 20, in third, are both students at the University of Ottawa.

Neighbors, they were at home on Saturday night when a crowd of hundreds gathered at their doorstep, with chaos culminating when Panda thugs overturned a car right in front of their eyes.

As a new week dawned, Peters was scouring the driveway and sidewalk looking for glass when Longtin came out with a trash can, to be placed next to a trash can that contained part of a bumper of car, snatched, member by member, from the unfortunate vehicle.

Danika said she was traumatized by the events of the night, during which she struggled to keep a succession of drunks from entering the porch, only to make them urinate and vomit all around the house.

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They spoke to Postmedia Kelly Egan . Here is an edited version of their stories:

Danika: The worst for me would be when I was standing here trying to get people away and then I turned around and people jumped on the car and all the windows smashed. Then they turned it over. It was the scariest part. I thought they were going to attack my car (which was in the driveway).

People were filming and screaming and trying to turn it over more than once, like 20 of them on the car.

My roommate and I were trying to get people away from the porch. We were just pushing them, like, literally pushing them. No respect. People were trying to get in to pee. People were throwing up here and there.

Christine: I had so many people taking off their pants and starting to pee on the side of the wall where my vegetable patch is. It was a total crowd mentality. I was really panicked. I called my mom because I could hardly believe it.

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Danika: I was afraid. Even in the morning, I was scared. People were removing parts from the car and throwing them away. They broke my tree (short and weeping) in the front. I called my friends and they came to help me. Some people said don’t touch me. But I said. “I’m just trying to get you away from my car. “

Christine: You can’t party on the street. I don’t know, take the football field and party there. If you cancel it, people will still be celebrating. There must be another place that isn’t Sandy Hill. I am worried about COVID. This is another concern I had. With 2000 people like that, even if only one or two people had it, phew.

Danika: My first year for Panda was crazy (2019). Bottles were thrown and someone climbed onto the roof. It was crazy. Be more organized and prepare better next time. I love parties and hanging out with friends, but it was out of control.

In French, it’s called the crowd phenomenon. Everyone gives energy to everyone. And it’s also a matter of social media. I’m going (to my hometown) early tonight. I need a Thanksgiving break.

  1. Students gather on Russell Avenue for a post-Panda party on October 2, 2021 in this resident photo.  Some students are standing on a car.

    Should consider canceling the annual Panda Game, Coun. Fleury says

  2. A car was run over by revelers at a post-Panda street party on Russell Avenue on October 2, 2021. Some residents said the vehicle had been run over multiple times.

    Post-Panda revelers converge on Russell Avenue for a destructive street party

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