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London Bridge is Burning Down.

Updated on March 28, 2012

Is rioting the new trend?

First Vancouver and now London, riots seem to be on the rise around the globe. Supposedly the violence initially began in London after a man, carrying a gun, was shot dead by police. I find this hard to believe though. It seems more likely that the shooting was just an excuse for opportunistic thugs to steal and burn. To the right you can see some pictures of the riots. You would think you were looking at scenes from a 3rd world country or from a James Cameron movie.

So far in its aftermath 525 people have been arrested and more than 100 people have been charged. Rioters have attacked double-decker buses, store fronts, cars, and locals. There have also been numerous fires set throughout various neighborhoods. Due to the economy the police force has been cut down in size. The Metropolitan Police had to call in reinforcements from police forces outside London to help cope with the situation.

The BBC's live coverage reported further violence between police and groups of young people in the neighborhood of Hackney and at least five other neighborhoods. Fires have also broken out in Lewisham, Peckham, Croydon, and Clapham Junction. Shop windows have been smashed and looting has also taken place in Birmingham, Tottenham, Bristol, Nottingham, Liverpool and Leeds. "I have never seen such a disregard for human life. I hope they rot in hell," said Croydon pub landlord Alan McCabe. "The grief they have caused people, the fear they have put in people's hearts, decent people who have done nothing to anyone."

The government's emergency committee met Tuesday to discuss the spreading violence. "We will do everything necessary to restore order to Britain's streets and make them safe for the law-abiding," Cameron said, telling rioters they would "feel the full force of the law." He said more than 16,000 law enforcement officers will be visible on London streets Wednesday.


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      vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      I have a friend In England and she did say there was a killing by the police. Again, I'm still suspicious, because Bobbies (English cops) don't carry guns.

      Socialism breeds this kind of mentality.

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      daskittlez69 6 years ago from midwest

      @ Manthy yeah it doesn't take much for people to have an excuse to loot and pillage.

      @ Phil You would think in today's society that people would be so much better. We have improved so much since medieval times as a society but at the same time regressed immensely.

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      FanUSA 6 years ago

      I was trying to figure out what the violence is all about since the rioters have not voiced any demands or grievances. This article may give some explanation:

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      These are just signs of things to come in many places in the world. It is scary.

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      burn baby burn

      I hope they don't break out over here, I wouldn't be surprised.

      Good Hub and very nice pics

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      American Romance 6 years ago from America

      This is what happens when people live off of entitlement for so long! They begin to believe in social warfare and that the "haves" must somehow be doing something horrible since they "have not"! Conservatism is the answer! teaching people to fish instead of GIVING them a fish for a day! I am appalled that these supposed socialist lovers can feel good about destroying their own property and leaving so many to pick up the pieces! Government in Europe needs to change as much as our own govt needs to change BACK in time here in the U.S.!

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      Callum 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      I hope so too :-)

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      daskittlez69 6 years ago from midwest

      Thanks calpol25, it is a sad state of affairs right now for London. I hope they pull through it safely soon!

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      Callum 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thank you for sharing and keeping us informed, there are more riots this evening and its gonna get a whole lot worse.