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Couple stunned their kiss during riot went viral

entertainment Updated: Jun 18, 2011 15:24 IST

The couple, who was photographed passionately kissing on the street during the Vancouver riots, has revealed that they were stunned by attention it got around the world.

Canadian Alexandra Thomas and her Australian boyfriend Scott Jones had been caught between the police and rioters after the city’s hockey team lost the Stanley Cup final.

“When I first saw it, I thought, ‘No way, that’s not… I can’t believe that’s us’,” the Daily Mail quoted Thomas as saying.

“Then I looked some more and realised, that is us. That’s a very revealing picture of us,” she stated.

Thomas and her boyfriend had been watching the game at a downtown bar when the rioting broke out and they became surrounded.

As violence broke out around them, the couple was photographed kissing tenderly amongst the chaos.

“I was trying to understand what was going on. The photo was definitely not something we expected to happen,” Thomas told the Toronto Star.

Jones said that he kissed his girlfriend as he tried to calm her after they were run over by riot police.

“The riot police ran on top of us. They ran us over. We were knocked over, and I was just trying to calm her down, because as I’m sure you can imagine, she was somewhat distraught,” he told ABC News.

Jones’ father Brett said that the couple were “totally overwhelmed” by all the coverage they had received.

“They are both just totally stunned by it, actually,” he added.