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Riots leave London Burning

In what is turning out to be Britain’s worst civil unrest in decades, riots in London entered the fourth day with no imminent signs of a comedown. The riots were sparked off in Tottenham when armed police shot dead Mark Duggan, 29, a father of four, in disputed circumstances on August 4. Violence, clashes with police and sporadic looting were also reported from Croydon, Birmingham, Battersea, Lewisham, Kilburn, Liverpool and Camden as groups of young people pelted police officers with bottles and fireworks and set ablaze buildings, cars and garbage dumps. Police said that rioters were using phone text messages and social media to carry out lootings, adding that the rioting had changed from a “local issue to organized criminality”. While some commentators contend that the riots point to the deep social unease in the capital’s poorest areas, police and politicians have maintained that much of the violence is purely opportunistic. Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May said the violence was totally unacceptable and announced that 215 people have been arrested and 27 charged so far. About a hundred of those arrested are under 21, while the youngest person charged is an 11-year-old boy.


Riots leave London burning
A masked rioter is seen in front of a burn­ing car in Hack­ney, North Lon­don, Britain, August 8, dur­ing the third day of vio­lence in Lon­don in which police have clashed with riot­ers in Hack­ney and vehi­cles have been set on fire in Peck­ham and Lewisham. This fol­lows two nights of vio­lence over the week­end after the police shoot­ing of a man in Tot­ten­ham. More than 200 peo­ple have been arrested and 35 police offi­cers injured. Vio­lence erupted in reac­tion to a fatal shoot­ing inci­dent in Tot­ten­ham, in which a police­man was injured on August 4 and a local 29-​​year-​​old man named as Mark Dug­gan killed by armed offi­cers. (Kerim Okten /​ EPA)

Riots leave London burning
Police offi­cers in riot gear block a road near a burn­ing car on a street in Hack­ney, east Lon­don. (Reuters)


Firefighters battle a large fire that broke out in shops and residential properties in Croydon, London August 9. Sporadic looting and clashes with police continued for the third day in parts of the British capital after the killing of 29-year-old father of four Mark Duggan by armed police on August 4. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)

Riots leave London burning
Police offi­cers wear­ing riot gear stand in front of a burn­ing build­ing in Tot­ten­ham, north Lon­don August 7, 2011. (Reuters)

Riots leave London burning
Loot­ers ram­page through a con­ve­nience store in Hack­ney, east Lon­don. (Reuters)


Cars burn on a street in Ealing, Looting by groups of hooded youths spread to Ealing in west London and Camden in the north of the British capital late on Monday, the third night of violence which police have blamed on criminal thugs. (Reuters / Toby Melville)

Riots leave London burning
Police offi­cers inves­ti­gate after riots in Tot­ten­ham in north Lon­don. (Reuters)


Police officers in riot gear block a road near a burning car on a street in Hackney, east London August 8. Youths hurled bottles and firecrackers at police in northeast London on Monday as violence broke out in the British capital for a third night. (Reuters / Luke MacGregor)

Riots leave London burning
Fire­men con­tinue to dowse down build­ings set alight dur­ing riots in Tot­ten­ham in north Lon­don August 7, 2011. (Reuters)

Riots leave London burning
Fire­men hose down build­ings set alight dur­ing riots in Tot­ten­ham, north Lon­don, Aug. 7. Riot­ers throw­ing petrol bombs bat­tled police in a eco­nom­i­cally deprived dis­trict of Lon­don overnight, set­ting patrol cars, build­ings and a double-​​decker bus on fire in some of the worst dis­or­der seen in the cap­i­tal for recent years. (Luke Mac­Gre­gor /​ Reuters)

Riots leave London burning
A dou­ble decker bus burns as riot police try to con­tain a large group of peo­ple on a main road in Tot­ten­ham, north Lon­don on Aug.6. Two police cars were set ablaze in north Lon­don on Sat­ur­day fol­low­ing a protest over the fatal shoot­ing of a 29-​​year-​​old man in an armed stand-​​off with offi­cers. The patrol cars were torched as dozens gath­ered out­side the police sta­tion on the High Road in Tot­ten­ham. (Leon Neal /​ AFP — Getty Images)

Riots leave London burning
Fire rages through a build­ing in Tot­ten­ham, north Lon­don early Sun­day Aug. 7, 2011, as trou­ble flared after mem­bers of the com­mu­nity took to the streets to protest over the alleged police shoot­ing which killed a local man last Thurs­day. (Lewis Whyld /​ AP)

Riots leave London burning
Police vehi­cles drive past a fire in a build­ing in Tot­ten­ham, north Lon­don Sun­day Aug. 7, 2011 after a demon­stra­tion over the death of a local man turned vio­lent. (Lewis Whyld /​ AP)

Riots leave London burning
Riot­ers face off with riot police offi­cers on the streets in Tot­ten­ham, north Lon­don, on Sun­day Aug. 7, 2011. (Lewis Whyld /​ AP)


Broken glass and shop goods lie on the floor of a looted store in Clapham Junction, London. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images)

Riots leave London burning
Fire destroys a Sony ware­house in Enfield in north Lon­don August 9, 2011. Sony Corp said on Tues­day that the ware­house in north Lon­don has caught fire, dam­ag­ing com­pact disks, DVDs and other con­tent prod­ucts. A Sony spokes­woman said no injuries were reported from the fire in Enfield, also the site of scat­tered inci­dents on Sun­day evening as riots spread from the deprived Lon­don neigh­bour­hood of Tot­ten­ham over the fatal shoot­ing of a man by armed police. (Reuters /​ Luke MacGregor)

Riots leave London burning
A fierce blaze guts a store after loot­ers ram­paged through a shop­ping mall in Wool­wich, south­east Lon­don, August 9, 2011. Riot­ing and loot­ing spread across and beyond Lon­don on Mon­day as hooded youths set fire to cars and build­ings, smashed shop win­dows and hurled bot­tles and stones at police in a third night of vio­lence in Britain’s worst unrest in decades. (Reuters /​ Jon Boyle)

Riots leave London burning
Pedes­tri­ans pass burned out vehi­cles in Eal­ing in west Lon­don August 9, 2011. (Reuters /​ Toby Melville)

Riots leave London burning
A man walks past burned out cars set alight dur­ing riots in Hack­ney in Lon­don August 9, 2011. (Reuters /​ Luke MacGregor)

Riots leave London burning
An employee talks on a phone from behind the smashed win­dows of a looted beauty shop in Eal­ing, west Lon­don, on Tues­day fol­low­ing another night of riot­ing. (Anthony Devlin/​Press Association)

Riots leave London burning
A build­ing burns near Reeves Cor­ner in Croy­don on Tues­day. (Lewis Whyld/​Press Association)

Riots leave London burning
A Lon­don Road dev­as­ta­tion just north of Croy­don town cen­tre on August 9 in Lon­don, Eng­land. Wide­spread loot­ing, arson and clashes with police con­tin­ued for a third day in parts of the cap­i­tal, as well as in Liv­er­pool, Birm­ing­ham and Bris­tol, as fears grow that it will carry into a fourth night. (David God­dard /​ Getty Images)



 
 

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