During an emergency session of Parliament on Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to crackdown on the rioters and looters plaguing his country. “The fightback has well and truly begun,” he said. “You will pay for what you have done.” He promised to maintain a strong presence of 16,000 London police officers through the weekend and said he’d consider bringing in army troops. He also said authorities were examining whether the use of social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook could be regulated to prevent the planning of riots. “We will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets,” Cameron said. “We will not let a violent few beat us.” The number of people arrested during the riots has risen to 922 since Saturday with 401 suspects charged, reports the Associated Press. Cameron has faced criticism for his fiscal austerity plan, as critics have noted the riots were concentrated in poorer neighborhoods. But he remained firm on his decision to cut almost $4 billion in police spending, in light of Britain’s debt woes. Read the whole address here.
#LondonRiots. Clapham, London. Riot clean-up. Photograph taken by Flickr user Olivia Spooner and posted to the Guardian’s interactive map of geotagged UK riot photos.
- 4 August - Mark Duggan, 29, is shot dead by police at Ferry Lane, Tottenham. (profile)
- 6 August - Duggan’s family formaly identify his body. Around 300 people gather outside Tottenham police station wanting “justice”. Bottles are being thrown and it begins.
(it’s unclear who started. There are various reports online that give the blame to either the police or the protesters)
Pictures: Tottenham before & after
Article: Tottenham Riots - a peaceful protest, then suddenly all hell broke loose
- 7 August - Investigation starts after all the fires are under control. 26 police officers where injured, 55 arrests where made. Local MP David Lammy tells that community has “had the heart ripped out of it”. Later that day reports come of of windows being smashed and looting has started in various areas of London (Brixton, and more)
Pictures: Further outbreaks of violence and looting in London
Article: Second night of violence in London - and this time it was organised
- 8 August - Various police officers are injured. Scotland Yard talks about “copycat criminal activity across London in small and mobile groups.” Police talks about gangs of youth. Current reports in twitter talk of more riots in London, also possible in Birmingham (x) & Leeds.
Interesting reads (all from The Guardian):
- Brixton: could it happen again? 30 years after the riots
- Looting ‘fuelled by social exclusion’
- There is a context to London’s riots that can’t be ignored
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Also (unconfirmed), apparently during the two days of riots in London, more has been destroyed than during the demonstrations in Egypt & Tunisia.
A hooded youth walks past a burning vehicle in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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This time lapse of the night sky over Tottenham during the London riots shows helicopters, search lights, smoke, and flares all night before the sun finally begins to rise. U.K.-based culture blog itdrewitself shot the film on a Canon 7D, taking 2.5 second exposures every three seconds all night. Of the riots, they said, “Watching the fires from our flat the other night was a surreal experience — we just hope it ends soon.”