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London Riot by Loretto on 7 August 2011 3:07pm
I am so sad to hear of people being killed and hurt in riots in supposedly 'developed' countries. I don't know where all these austerity measures are going to bring us. When I read this morning of the overnight riots in Tottenham I looked at the picture and thought this could have been a picture of London during the WW2 bombing raids. Where will all of this end?
Re: London Riot by Spursfan2 on 7 August 2011 4:11pm
Don't want to sound selfish, but my first concerna were my son-in-law and granddaughter, who had gone to the Spurs match yesterday from their home in Kent (yes - more spurfans in the family!!).

Thankfully they are ok.

Re: London Riot by Spursfan2 on 7 August 2011 5:07pm
They caught the tube at Bruce Street at 20.23 - the riots started at 20.20 just nearby!!

There is apparently no truth in the rumour that they started it and then legged it!!

Re: London Riot by Loretto on 7 August 2011 5:38pm
Glad your relatives are alright Anne.
Re: London Riot by suzulu on 8 August 2011 1:59am
It's like the Brixton riots all over again.

I lived near the Broadwater Farm Estate in Tottenham for about four years . Not on it, fortunately.

Glad your son-in-law and granddaughter are OK, Anne!
Re: London Riot by tucsonmike on 8 August 2011 4:10am
What sparked it though? From what I read the dead man was a local hoodlum.
Re: London Riot by TERRY S on 8 August 2011 5:47pm
Sorry, I've been asleep for the last two days - almost literally! The riots were all ready well under way before I even heard about it! What the hell sparked it off? Bet it was something stupid (my sincere appologies if it wasn't).
Re: London Riot by Loretto on 8 August 2011 6:20pm
Apparently the investigation into Mark Duggan's death is already underway.


An MSNBC report said the riots were due to dissatisfaction with lack of empathy on behalf of the police, austerity measures and a desire to just loot!

Was it worth it I wonder? I mean, if they wanted to send a message to the authorities about how unhappy they are with all of the above there are more eloquent and articulate ways to do it. The message I'm hearing is that they just wanted to loot. Their real message was lost in all the violence and destruction and mayhem caused. That's all people will remember.
Re: London Riot by suzulu on 9 August 2011 12:39am
These people don't know eloquent and articulate, Loretto! Now it has just turned into an excuse to cause destruction and loot.
Re: London Riot by Loretto on 9 August 2011 1:45pm
Sue I was thinking of you and other friends who work in London this morning. The "No comment" section of Euro News showed video of different parts of London being set on fire by these "thugs." I mean what else do you call it? Do we know what they want or why they are rioting?

Just read that Tottenham MP David Lammy is requesting Blackberry to suspend messaging service in attempt to stop rioters from communicating. That's just going to make things worse I think.

They're thugs these rioters. Why else would they loot? They're thieves.
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