An Australian man snapped kissing his girlfriend during riots in Vancouver claims he was just trying to calm her down.
Scott Jones and Alexander Thomas have became a worldwide sensation when a Gettys photographer snapped them kissing while lying in a street with full blown riots continuing in background.
Jones, in an interview with CBC, said they had both been hit by Vancouver police and he just wanted to calm his girlfriend.
''They started beating us with the shields, like trying to get us to move,” Jones told CBC News in an exclusive television interview.
''We weren’t being aggressive towards [police] or anything like that. But eventually they passed over us. And that’s when we were on the ground. She was a bit hysterical afterwards, obviously, and I was just trying to calm her down,” the 29-year-old Jones, who has been in Canada for six months, said.
Thomas remains unsure as to how she fell but a witness told a TV station that she had been pushed by police trying to clear the street in the wake of the rioting after the Vancouver Canucks lost ice hockey's Stanley Cup in the final game of the series to the Boston Bruins.
''Tripped up? I’m not sure. I was starting to get really frightened because I’d never experienced anything like that before, and it's really scary,” she told CBS.
''I was upset, and I fell down, and didn’t really know exactly what was happening."
The couple had been trying to get out of the area when they ended up in the middle of a street filled with police in riot gear.
''They were literally charging at us and we tried to run away,'' he said while they both agreed they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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