UK: London riots (updates)

Tuesday 9-8

According to Nottingham Indymedia: Disturbances has spread to Nottingham. Notts Police confirm that five of their police stations were attacked by groups of rioters last night, armed with ‘homemade incendiary devices’. Canning Circus police station was firebombed by a group of 40 males at around 10pm. 8 arrests made. The rest have got away for now. Student residences on Peel Street also being attacked as well. Reports of disturbances on Mansfield Road.

Over 100 arrests have been made including a group of 10 who climbed on the roof of Nottingham High School. On Monday night there was serious disruption in and around St Anns, including an attempt to break into JD Sport in the Victoria Centre and a firebomb attack on the police station.

In Manchester, windows smashed, arrests made and self-ridges set on fire. Cars torched in Liverpool as well.

A police station was set on fire in Birmingham. Three pedestrians were run over and killed!

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Video: Darcus Howe, a West Indian Writer and Broadcaster with a voice about the riots. Speaking about the mistreatment of youths by police leading to an up-roar and the ignorance of both police and the governement

Monday 8-8

According to London Indymedia: On the third day of the unrest in London people started to report clashes with the police in Hackney and Lewisham, around 6pm clashes with police were reported from Peckham Rye area. In Hackney people started to smash windows along Mare Street. There have also been running skirmishes and large fires reported in Croydon this evening. At 9pm there are also reports from, Catford, Ilford, and Clapham Junction.

By 11pm the list has grown to now include; Old Kent Road, Ealing, Harlesden, Woolwich, TowerBridge, Stepney, Chalk Farm, Camden, Colliers Wood, Catford and East Dulwich. See list and map of over 30 locations unconfirmed. Elsewhere in the UK there have been reports of trouble in Handsworth in Birmigham, St Paul’s / Broadmead in Bristol, Trinity Way in Salford and Toxteth in Liverpool. |

Video below: A furniture shop in Croydon set to fire

Rioting is continuing in Hackney after hundreds of people ripped through shops, attacked buses and took on Met police earlier in the day.

Mare Street, the main road connecting Hackney to the City was at the centre of the disturbance, seeing windows put in at several of the larger stores including JD, the local opticians and an attempt at Ladbrokes. The local jewellers was also picked out for looting.

Further out, bins had been turned over and set on fire to form makeshift barricades on the corner of Pembury Road and Downs Park Road in an attempt to hold off police vans, while the Morning Lane Tescos was targeted through a side door by around 100 people.

Police efforts initially concentrated on taking control of the area around Hackney central station, running up to Dalston Lane and down to Well Street. As the situation came under control there, they gradually filtered officers out to deal with disturbances elsewhere in the borough. |

Just days after the London riots in Tottenham, violent rioting and disturbances take place in Birmingham city centre.

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Video: Riots in Woolwhich

Sunday 7-8

According to London Indymedia: Reports started to come in around 7pm about trouble in Enfield, North London, continuing on from last nights disturbances in Tottenham. A police car and shop windows have been smashed up, and several shops ( Tesco, a chemist and a jewellery shop) being looted. Police in riot gear are in the area and talk of a large crowd hanging around.

Around midnight, after the end of Bixton Splash, clashes with the police started in Brixton, with several shops being looted and Footlockers (next to Brixton Station) burned. (Pic) . Around 2am reports suggest that the police has lost control of the situation in Brixton, with Currys getting looted. There are also reports of lootings in Wood Green, Oxford Circus, Westfield, Dalston and Holloway (Islington timeline) |

Reports from Libcom.Org: Rioting is continuing in Hackney after hundreds of people ripped through shops, attacked buses and took on Met police earlier in the day.

Mare Street, the main road connecting Hackney to the City was at the centre of the disturbance, seeing windows put in at several of the larger stores including JD, the local opticians and an attempt at Ladbrokes. The local jewellers was also picked out for looting.

Further out, bins had been turned over and set on fire to form makeshift barricades on the corner of Pembury Road and Downs Park Road in an attempt to hold off police vans, while the Morning Lane Tescos was targeted through a side door by around 100 people.

Police efforts initially concentrated on taking control of the area around Hackney central station, running up to Dalston Lane and down to Well Street. As the situation came under control there, they gradually filtered officers out to deal with disturbances elsewhere in the borough. |

Saturday 6-8

Taken from Libcom.org: Hundreds gathered on the streets of Tottenham, North London, after the police killed local man, Mark Duggan. Barricades were set up and police cars burned as the protests ran long into the night.

On Saturday afternoon, friends and family of Mark Duggan, the 29 year old man shot and killed by the police on Thursday, marched from his home in Broadwater Farm estate to Tottenham police station. They waited for someone to come out from the police station and hear their concerns, and give answers about Mark’s death, but they were ignored.

At around 9pm, Haringey Solidarity Group reported on Twitter

 Riot taking place right now outside Tottenham cop shop about the guy killed by the pigs this week | 200 riot cops deployed

As the evening continued, reports and photos came through, as about 300-500 people from across the community gathered on Tottenham High Road, and pictures of two police cars set on fire with petrol bombs filtered through to the mainstream media. Chants of “Whose streets? Our streets!” and “We want answers!” could be heard from the crowd. A protester from the original march from Broadwater Farm interviewed on BBC News said the police attacked a 16-year old woman with batons without provocation, sparking a response from the crowd who up to that point had been chanting outside the police station.

Eye witness reports described police “running and hiding” as they were unable to contain the crowds, who had built barricades and were charging police lines, using makeshift missiles and burning wheelie bins to keep the police away. A stand-off seemed to happen for some time, as police and protesters formed lines, before a double decker bus was set on fire. There have been widespread reports of looting and fires being set, including in the local job centre. By 2.30am, there are now reports on Twitter of rioting spreading into Wood Green, Turnpike Lane, and Green Lanes, as the police are trying to break up crowds on Tottenham High Road. There have been reports of Tottenham Hale retail park being looted, including JJB Sports and PC World.

Channel 4 quoted “Jamal”, an eye witness, saying:

 These are our ends, we’re here to tell the police they can’t abuse us, harass us. We won’t put up with it, this is just the beginning, this is war, and this is what you get – fire.

The BBC broadcast live footage of young people smashing the windows of an empty police car, and then asked protesters why they were trying to block the camera crew from filming. Both Sky News and BBC withdrew their camera crews from the scene as crews were challenged and attacked. BBC and Sky have quoted the local MP, David Lammy, claiming that the people on the street are not representative of the majority of Tottenham residents. However, their own live footage showed local people from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds standing together and forming lines against the police. The police have been insisting that the events are ‘localised’ and are not spreading beyond Tottenham, eye witness accounts are disputing this, and the mainstream media have been effectively shut out of the area.

Tottenham saw major riots in 1985 in response to the death of Cynthia Jarrett at the hands of the police. Tottenham has also been hit by recent government austerity measures, with several youth centres being closed in recent weeks.

Below: Photos from Al Jazeera Network

1) Police officers wearing riot gear stand in a street in Tottenham, north London [Stefan Wermuth/Reuters]

1) Police officers wearing riot gear stand in a street in Tottenham, north London [Stefan Wermuth/Reuters]

2) A double decker bus burns as riot police try to contain a large group of people [Leon Neal/AFP]

2) A double decker bus burns as riot police try to contain a large group of people [Leon Neal/AFP]

3) A shop and police car burn in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]

3) A shop and police car burn in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]

4) A man stands in front of police officers wearing riot gear in Tottenham [Stefan Wermuth/Reuters]

4) A man stands in front of police officers wearing riot gear in Tottenham [Stefan Wermuth/Reuters]

5) A shop burns on a main road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]

5) A shop burns on a main road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]

6) A woman walks through the debris with two children on a main road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]

6) A woman walks through the debris with two children on a main road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]

7) A damaged travel agency in Tottenham [Stefan Wermuth/Reuters]

7) A damaged travel agency in Tottenham [Stefan Wermuth/Reuters]

8) An advertising poster for a bookmaker is seen through smashed glass on High Road in Tottenham the day after protests [Leon Neal/AFP]

8) An advertising poster for a bookmaker is seen through smashed glass on High Road in Tottenham the day after protests [Leon Neal/AFP]

9) Police gather outside a damaged branch of Barclays bank on High Road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]

9) Police gather outside a damaged branch of Barclays bank on High Road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]

10) A boy cycles past a burnt-out police car on High Road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]

10) A boy cycles past a burnt-out police car on High Road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]

11) Firefighters spray the smouldering remains of a burnt-out shop on High Road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]

11) Firefighters spray the smouldering remains of a burnt-out shop on High Road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]

1) Police officers wearing riot gear stand in a street in Tottenham, north London [Stefan Wermuth/Reuters]2) A double decker bus burns as riot police try to contain a large group of people [Leon Neal/AFP]3) A shop and police car burn in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]4) A man stands in front of police officers wearing riot gear in Tottenham [Stefan Wermuth/Reuters]5) A shop burns on a main road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]6) A woman walks through the debris with two children on a main road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]7) A damaged travel agency in Tottenham [Stefan Wermuth/Reuters]8) An advertising poster for a bookmaker is seen through smashed glass on High Road in Tottenham the day after protests [Leon Neal/AFP]9) Police gather outside a damaged branch of Barclays bank on High Road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]10) A boy cycles past a burnt-out police car on High Road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]11) Firefighters spray the smouldering remains of a burnt-out shop on High Road in Tottenham [Leon Neal/AFP]

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