London riots: Violence erupts for third day

Ghost_007

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14450248

Violence has broken out for a third consecutive day in London, with riot police deployed and firefighters tackling blazes across the capital.

Shops were looted and buildings, among them a furniture store in Croydon, set alight as police clashed with youths.

Trouble first flared on Saturday after a peaceful protest in Tottenham over the fatal shooting of a man by police.

The prime minister is returning early from holiday to chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee Cobra.
 
Don't think there is a thread on this yet.

What happened initially was a black man was shot dead by police, the police stated that there was an exchange of fire. At the time the guys family did not believe the story being told by the police, they held a peaceful march to a police station, the asked for answers but were given none. I think it was at this march that a 16 yr old girl approached a police line asking for answers and she was just beaten down. This caused outrage and there was trouble, bricks and stuff being thrown all over. On the first night the trouble was limited to Tottenham.

The last few nights it has spread to other parts of London (mainly the poor parts), it has popped out of nowhere, cars are being burnt and shops set ablaze. There has been a lot of looting, luckily no one has been killed. Important to note none of this now has anything to do with the police shooting.

Regarding the shooting, yesterday there were rumours that the person killed did not fire at the police, and that he was actually killed execution style.

As I type, this rioting has spread to various parts of London, there has been rioting and looting in Birmingham too, and supposedly in Leeds too, there are rumours of planned riots some other major cities tomorrow.

It is really crazy how things have got out of hand. Police are stretched and from what I have seen they can't deal with the trouble-makers. People's property, businesses etc. are not being protected.
 
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So people are basically burning shit up and fighting the police because... other people are doing it too?
Awesome.
 
So people are basically burning shit up and fighting the police because... other people are doing it too?
Awesome.

Nail.On.Head.

There's a theory that there may be some underlying political reasons. There isn't though. Just a bunch of assholes getting themselves some plasma TV action.
 
There's a theory that there may be some underlying political reasons. There isn't though.

How do you know this?

Just a bunch of assholes getting themselves some plasma TV action.

And since when is that exclusive of political motivations? If masses of people care less about public order and allegiance to the prevailing authority than they do about the chance to grab up some free TVs, that's a political issue. That's the exact fundamental issue that states were invented to address, in the first place.

Unless you're going to argue that the rioters are simply subhuman Others?
 

Right now there is rioting in different parts of London, also in Birmingham, which is in the West Midlands, there is trouble in Liverpool (North West) too as well as Bristol (South West).

It is just getting worse and the police can't seem to handle it. Massive fires being started and looting too.

Luckily though there hasn't been much violence, no one has been killed.

There are plans for major riots in alot of other cities tomorrow and tbh, I can't see how the police can deal with it. Police from other counties have been drafted in to London to deal with the trouble, forces are already stretched thin. There are rumours of the army being called in.
 
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