So this is a quick overview and some of my thoughts on the recent riots in my home town.
First of all I was affected relatively little by them. They weren't happening in my borough and I never travelled anywhere close. However it was in quite a few areas and many people I know were directly affected. This is the wiki page for more information.
So some dude gets shot by the PO PO in Tottenham, and there was unacceptable information about his death. People mad, and some angry protesting starts. Soon though rioting starts up in other areas of London, as people hear about it on tv and they also realise that police aren't taking many offensive manouvers.
This is because they don't have enough numbers, and also probably because they don't wanna take any heat from the press for police brutality. They, in my opinion, definitely would have. hey, accidents happen.
This goes through from Saturday, culminating in the Hackney Riots that were in open daylight along a busy high street on Monday afternoon.
After a short Sunday session :(, this is basically the first time I hear about it, and decide to watch a lot of TV about it.
I knew that things were popping off and that night was the worst in London. Things were happening all over the place, lots of burning cars, looting, then buildings burning.
|they got a sony warehouse!|
All day they told us there'd be 16k policemen on call, over 6k the night before. I guess this probably helped.
However it did kick off in the other cities. 3 people killed in Birmingham, street battles in Manchester etc.
These cities have a long history of football hooliganism and also are much poorer places than the capital. Some also have a long history of racial tension. So there's just a lot of people in the streets at night, and probably a decent amounts of vandalism and looting.
Copycat violence, obviously but a problem because these people like to fight.
Today is Thursday and most of the news has been about catching suspects. They don't seem to have reported much more violence, probably because there was no cause, just looting. Also once people have stolen shit, they wanna sell it (or use it).
|GET SOME ELECTRONICS BOYS|
|these idiots getting clothes|
|run fatboy! run!|
|cool story bro. sorry CCTV got you.|
|is he serious?|
It's the summer holidays and they were able to manuever effectively because they play a lot better communication tools available to them over previous generations of riot/looters.
Apparently it was mostly BBM, although that perplexes me since I thought most kids got iphones.
At the start this was a protest. Then it was looting, and eventually just random stealing. Below is a clip of a kid that has just got his bike stolen. Then they take his psp!
Currently the focus of discussion is the social economical factors that caused these riots, and kept them going. blah blah blah. people be poor, black people get a rougher deal from police. This is all probably true, and also people just being opportunistic.
On Monday night #riotcleanup and other such movements started, and people have been helping out clean the streets.
From what I know of the actual fighting, i.e. the clips tv/the internets, there were many running battles along the streets, where the police would charge, move the rioters and then retreat because lack of numbers. In many instances places were being robbed for 1-2hrs with no police around, simply because of lack of numbers.
The pitch battles included lots of missiles from rioters, whilst riot police tried to hold their positions.
Whilst the kids were opportunistic, they could have done with better coaching. For a start, don't show your face.
DO NOT STEAL SOME GOOD SHIT AND THEN POST IT ON FACEBOOK.
DO NOT STEAL RICE. WTF oUOSLFJNFLJANSLDHFNliksidhFIlnsdifhjnldsfnjgdifjngpi;djfp;g
|at first i was gonna say 'no comment'. but this kind of stupidity deserves more words.|
DO NOT ROB A STORE THAT IS SELLING STUFF AT 70% OFF.
|get the till, sure, but you're clearly too late buddy. cctv ftl.|
This is a "pound shop". That means the most expensive item they sell is £1.
Hells yes this what I'm talking about.
I certainly would have recommended phone shops and jewlry shops only.
|get the phones|
I don't condone the riots, looting or any of the vandalism, just discussing tactics.
|all the best grinders, be it poker players or looters, wear backpacks. #unimpressed|
Whilst I kid, there was some very saddening waste and destruction. before and after pics.
|jumping for her life, I would have dangled then dropped though.|
|the streets of london :(|
Amidst all the drama, choas and destruction, this wasn't even really the most important news of the week to the world. The French lending to the busto EU countries, and USA being a AA+ country will probably affect your life and my life a lot more over the next few years. The stock market has already been hugely volatile, and gold is just soaring.