Riots in north London

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Riots in north London

Postby thatlaurachick » 07 Aug 2011, 04:18

Apparently, this happened while I was asleep.

LONDON — A gritty north London neighborhood erupted in violence overnight with rioters setting buildings and cars ablaze, looting shops and clashing with police after the shooting of a local man by the Metropolitan Police.

Police warned Sunday morning that there were still “isolated pockets of criminality in the Tottenham area” and officers were being deployed on the streets in the neighborhood after London's worst riots in years left 26 officers and three residents injured. Authorities took 42 people into custody.


Anyone in London know more? Am I just a silly American for thinking that riots aren't all that common in London?
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby Elomin Sha » 07 Aug 2011, 04:27

They were common in the 80s due to old gorm clashes (read as football supporter thugs). They have popped up on occassion during protests mainly by those who want to break things. Last night happened because police shot a man twice while he was in a minicab. There was a third shot which came from a non police issued firearm that hit a radio one officer injured. People gathered at the station wanting justice then the riot kicked off because idiots.

Personally I think there should be a tank division of the police for riots. I think I watch too much New Dominion Tank Police.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby madrak_the_red » 07 Aug 2011, 04:28

Yep: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14435251

This is the first I've heard of it, however. I guess that comes with staying in and playing video games all day

Regarding how common riots are: not terribly common, there were a bunch when the student fees went up. Weren't there also a lot in the 80's due to the recession and political climate, elomin?
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby thatlaurachick » 07 Aug 2011, 04:41

No, I agree with Elomin, terrible fashion would be the cause. USaires see pics of some parts of London and wonder if y'all ever left the 80's. *looks are current fashions* Oh wait.... nevermind.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby goat » 07 Aug 2011, 05:41

Grathleen is in the part of london that is not that part, yes? I hope this doesn't affect their travel plans.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby thatlaurachick » 07 Aug 2011, 05:42

goat wrote:Grathleen is in the part of london that is not that part, yes? I hope this doesn't affect their travel plans.


Did you just...? You did. Oh noes.

I think they're in a different part. This seemed to be the... less desirable part of London.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby Lyinginbedmon » 07 Aug 2011, 06:35

Police warned Sunday morning that there were still “isolated pockets of criminality in the Tottenham area”...

No duh.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby PlasmaCow » 07 Aug 2011, 08:14

thatlaurachick wrote:
goat wrote:Grathleen is in the part of london that is not that part, yes? I hope this doesn't affect their travel plans.


Did you just...? You did. Oh noes.

I think they're in a different part. This seemed to be the... less desirable part of London.


In the grand scheme the riot wasn't particularly big. Tottenham is pretty big. London is pretty huge. No threat.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby The Jester » 07 Aug 2011, 08:20

I think I prefer Kathlaham.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby Lyinginbedmon » 07 Aug 2011, 08:58

Kathlaham sounds like a city from Oblivion or something.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby The Jester » 07 Aug 2011, 09:19

Well.. doesn't that make it geekier, and therefore more apt?
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby NickGonzo » 07 Aug 2011, 09:22

Does it make me a really really bad person to wish I was there when I heard they busted into a Game. I could use with some new hardware, and thats my kind of Looting.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby Elomin Sha » 07 Aug 2011, 09:22

I say we need more tanks. Tanks for the police, who's with me?
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby NickGonzo » 07 Aug 2011, 09:24

Elomin Sha wrote:I say we need more tanks. Tanks for the police, who's with me?


I've played Jet Set Radio Future, If the police get tanks, some Cyberpunk roller blader will just spray paint all over that junk.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby Slack Mesa » 07 Aug 2011, 11:06

Elomin Sha wrote:I say we need more tanks. Tanks for the police, who's with me?

No.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby Elomin Sha » 07 Aug 2011, 11:41

We're not China...oh wait the Tories are in power. Nevermind.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby Theremin » 07 Aug 2011, 11:46

Now we're america. Or will be, I guess.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby Elomin Sha » 07 Aug 2011, 11:54

Financially yes.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby Metcarfre » 07 Aug 2011, 12:27

Well, financially, America's Chinese now, so...
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby tak197 » 07 Aug 2011, 16:45

Lyinginbedmon wrote:
Police warned Sunday morning that there were still “isolated pockets of criminality in the Tottenham area”...

No duh.


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Re: Riots in north London

Postby sdhonda » 07 Aug 2011, 16:49

No, you'll be Airstrip One soon enough.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby njsykora » 07 Aug 2011, 17:36

The riots were over a gang leader and drug dealer getting killed in a shootout with police. There was no protest, it was just a gang going to war with the police. That's what I heard from a friend of mine who had to leave his house during the riots.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby The Mimm » 07 Aug 2011, 23:31

General proceedure of protests in England:

Group A: We have a cause that may or may not be legitimate
Group B: we disagree with your cause. We're going to badmouth your protest.
Group C: We're bored. Let's wreck shit and claim to give a shit about either of the above arguments.

Or, on some occasions, the protests are started by group C, and then they naturally descend into violence. It sucks, but you kind of become desensitised after a while.
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby semysane » 07 Aug 2011, 23:42

In Vancouver it goes like this
1) Something happened
2) LET'S WRECK SOME SHIT!
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Re: Riots in north London

Postby Lyinginbedmon » 08 Aug 2011, 00:34

What actually surprises me most is that I wasn't aware metropolitan police HAD firearms, so logically they called in the armed police squads, meaning they were already in seem deep salt to begin with and shouldn't be so surprised people died.
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