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Among those named are Nathan Kotylak, a 17-year-old high school senior and Olympic hopeful and member of Canada’s junior men’s water polo team; Robert Snelgrove, a 24-year-old downtown Vancouver resident; and Camille Cacnio, a biology student at the University of British Columbia. It is not known whether any of them have been charged with an offense, but they have already suffered serious consequences.

Mr. Kotylak was pictured stuffing a rag into the gas tank of a police car and trying to light it on fire. His identity would normally be protected under Canada’s young offender laws, but after he was named, he asked for a court injunction so he could publicly apologize. He was suspended from the water polo team. His father, a medical doctor, temporarily shut down his medical practice, and the family left their home in Maple Ridge, B.C., for a few days after their address appeared online and they received threats.

Mr. Snelgrove’s friends exposed him on a social media site after they saw television news pictures of him looting during the June 15 riot. He told The Vancouver Sun newspaper that he received “dozens and dozens … of downright hateful” messages, some that said “go die, go jump off a bridge, and homophobic comments.”

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