London riots

// 9 August 2011

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Turkish community rallies in Dalston to chase rioters – photo by @yassin on Twitter

I don’t even know what to say about the looting and riots in London; lots of people are jumping in with opinions about the causes of what’s happened and I’m not keen to add to the speculation, but Camila Batmanghelidjh in the Independent is definitely worth reading.

I’m sure lots of readers are glued to the news about what’s going on. My immediate area was quiet last night, but we could see smoke and hear a bit of what was going on down the road in Elephant & Castle and on the Old Kent Road.

This amazing video was doing the rounds on Twitter last night:

And it’s really heartening to see that #riotcleanup is trending on Twitter, and you can follow @riotcleanup as well to see efforts in your area. But reports from my Twitter feed suggest a lot of the cleaning up was already done in the early hours – by public sector workers.

Comments From You

Laurel // Posted 9 August 2011 at 11:39 am

It is fairly clear to see that the masculinisation of these riots have a lot to do with the way that they turned out. It was stated that they waited for the women to go home on the original protest, and it seems to be some macho-gangsta thing elsewhere. I can’t help but think that they would have been more focused with different participants. If you see a bunch of young men acting like that around, I can’t be the only woman who starts worrying about break-ins and gang-rape etc, so if nothing else it would have made the mood a lot more harrowing for the communities.

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