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RCMP Entertain Children By Wielding Assault Rifles And Dragging A Shirtless Man Through A Car Window

Fun for the whole family.

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Ah, the RCMP Musical Ride. A chance to watch 32 riders perform intricate cavalry drills set to music.

Nothing says good, clean Canadian fun like Mounties riding horses to the Hockey Night in Canada theme.
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Nothing says good, clean Canadian fun like Mounties riding horses to the Hockey Night in Canada theme.

It seems they've updated the program this year, according to video taken this weekend in Ottawa. At one point, a random masked man runs into what appears to be a misplaced pantry as the RCMP chase down a truck.

Forget the Red Serge, officers wearing green assault team outfits and holding machine guns jump out and surround the vehicle.

While this might seem like a bit of a departure from the old Musical Ride, at least they set the takedown to a Tragically Hip song.
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While this might seem like a bit of a departure from the old Musical Ride, at least they set the takedown to a Tragically Hip song.

The "emergency response team" then pulls the guy out of the window and throws him to the ground as the announcer mocks him with a taunt of "apparently sand is good for your skin."

They also drop a smoke bomb for reasons that are unexplained, considering the guy is sitting in his car with his hands up.
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They also drop a smoke bomb for reasons that are unexplained, considering the guy is sitting in his car with his hands up.

Note that the man is shirtless, always the tell-tale sign of a criminal.

But wait, they're not done. New officers with shotguns show up to arrest the pantry bandit.

They also promptly drop another smoke bomb for reasons that are not clear.
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They also promptly drop another smoke bomb for reasons that are not clear.

Not today, masked offender. You picked the wrong equestrian performance to break into.

The job now done, our heroes drive their armoured vehicles off into the sunset. The Musical Ride has been saved.

One person who attended the Ottawa show wrote a blog post declaring the spectacle to be "A Tasteless, Jingoistic, Paramilitary Embarrassment."

Journalist and author Frank Koller wrote:

... within minutes of the show's opening – and well before the amazing horses performed their fantastic routines – the audience is treated to a bombastic, paramilitary show-and-tell that had many adults around us shaking their heads in bewilderment. And a few little kids crying too.

The YouTube video of the show is also generating online reaction.

Wow, I would have been out of there in minutes if I had taken kids to watch the musical ride and ended up w this https://t.co/SXLpxgydcq

How do they explain the rest of the RCMP Musical Ride to children? It’s just as much an expression of state power as the anti-terror bit.

However, some have pointed out that the anti-terror bit has likely been part of the show for a while.

BREAKING: The smoke-grenade anti-terrorism bit at the RCMP musical ride appears to be several years old — and popular with audiences.

You can watch the whole thing yourself here:

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Paul McLeod is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

Contact Paul McLeod at paul.mcleod@buzzfeed.com.

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