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I don't know how much international press coverage this is getting, but tonight is the third night in a row of rioting in London. It started on Saturday night in a small area of north London after a peaceful protest against a police shooting turned ugly. Each night since then things have got worse and become more and more widespread, with what can only be described as thugs burning police cars, buildings, shops, buses and looting. Parts of the capital now look like a war zone, and the metropolitan police have lost control. The prime minister and other members of the cabinet are even cutting short their holiday to return to the UK to try and sort this mess out.

These scenes are disgusting, and while the original action of a peaceful protest may have been somewhat justified, people are just jumping on the bandwagon and taking advantage of the opportunity to be violent. It's pretty embarrassing, and saddening that this is the mentality of British youth.

Here's a BBC link, though I'm sure there are many other out there: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14450248.
 

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I've been watching. A protest is one thing but the destruction in pitiful.

I feel for you cristo.
 

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We discussed this yesterday in chat.

http://news.yahoo.com/london-rioters-battle-police-shooting-protest-054921704.html [Broken]

It seems the riot was fueled by social media, people that had no interest in what happened came in from other areas. Looks like a new trend in mobs and riots caused or worsened by social media.
 
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... Parts of the capital now look like a war zone, and the metropolitan police have lost control.
Any comment on why you believe this was allowed to happen by the police?
 

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Any comment on why you believe this was allowed to happen by the police?
I don't think they really had a choice. From what I'm seeing on the news the scenes are the same in many areas across the city, and in other cities in the UK. The metropolitan police doesn't have enough officers to cope with such widespread idiocy. I wouldn't be surprised if the army was on the streets tomorrow night.
 

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This really tells it all when it comes to the police there. They are doing their best.

[URL]http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01356/SNN0908H2G-280_1356933a.jpg[/URL]
 
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http://news.yahoo.com/london-rioters-battle-police-shooting-protest-054921704.html [Broken]

It seems the riot was fueled by social media, people that had no interest in what happened came in from other areas. Looks like a new trend in mobs and riots caused or worsened by social media.
Just want to make a quick comment that in my city of Milwaukee, we've been having problems with youths organizing violent mobs via social media. At our 4th of July fireworks we had a mob destroy a 7-11 and then proceed to beat up 20-30 firework watchers. Also just last week we had a mob of 200 youths causing mayhem at our state fair which sent 30 to the hospital. It's a huge issue here. Social media is rearing it's ugly head.
 
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Just want to make a quick comment that in my city of Milwaukee, we've been having problems with youths organizing violent mobs via social media. At our 4th of July fireworks we had a mob destroy a 7-11 and then proceed to beat up 20-30 firework watchers. Also just last week we had a mob of 200 hundred youths causing mayhem at our state fair which sent 30 to the hospital. It's a huge issue here. Social media is rearing it's ugly head.
WTF. At least in the '70s there was a reason to protest. What can we do to stop this sort of thing? It's giving the internet a bad name.
 

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Last night I was out celebrating with friends that we had handed in our masters thesis. We went from Hamstead (up market, quiet place) towards Euston (central) to get some food. Along the way all the restaurants and shops had closed up early. We eventually went into a fast food place and in 10 minutes yobs on the street started hurling bottles at the windows, some of which flew through the open door and smashed. They ran off quickly and we decided to call it a night, at that point though I got a call from a friend saying he was in Camden (on my route home) telling me to find another way because people were smashing up shops and running around like crazy.

It's very sad. All day people have been on the news talking about the reasons and the academic politics they think are behind it. Personally I think it's just mob mentality that has spread due to social media. Originally there was a protest that turned violent, that attracted more people and that inspired more riots elsewhere. These are mindless thugs who are only out to steal and fight.
 

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saddening that this is the mentality of British youth.
These events don't reflect the mentality of British youth. The participants come from poor neighborhoods and are mostly black, which also has an influence.
 

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I just hope it's wrapped up in the next two weeks - when I head to London for a week.
 

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These events don't reflect the mentality of British youth. The participants come from poor neighborhoods and are mostly black, which also has an influence.
Don't even try to suggest that this is racial. The problem here is opportunistic crime caused by mob mentality facilitated by social media, nothing else.
 
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Don't even try to suggest that this is racial. The problem here is opportunistic crime caused by mob mentality facilitated by social media, nothing else.
Of course I can't suggest this is racial, race is out of the question in any debate. But there are other reasons too, for example the fact that the suburban culture on poor neighborhoods isn't the best.
 

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And what made that start? Of course I can't suggest this is racial, race is out of the question in any debate.
I think you're missing the point.

It may be poor and underprivileged that are rioting - because they may have reason to.

But being black is not reason for rioting. Correlation does not imply causation. The colour of their skin or their heritage does not affect their tendency to riot.
 
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I think you're missing the point.

It may be poor and underprivileged that are rioting - because they may have reason to.

But being black is not reason for rioting. Correlation does not imply causation. The colour of their skin or their heritage does not affect their tendency to riot.
I don't think there's any reason that's good enough to do what they're doing, and that argument is a cliche when justifying minorities' actions. Poor education and poverty are important factors of course, but there are also other factors there are overlooked. For example, many portuguese immigrants have mediocre jobs in many countries, and most have poor education, but they're known for not causing any troubles. They'd never do anything like this, even though the poverty levels and education aren't great. The same applies to immigrants from other european countries and asian immigrants. Given the same poverty and education levels, immigrants from Africa cause way more crime.
 
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WTF. At least in the '70s there was a reason to protest. What can we do to stop this sort of thing? It's giving the internet a bad name.
It's not the internet or social media per se, but the ability to communicate instantaneously, as one could do with cell phones or walkie-talkies, which allow coordinated action. Any group could use the same technology, for different purposes. Folks have a choice to be productive/beneficial or destructive. And we're witnessing destructive behavior facilitated by available technology.
 

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I don't think there's any reason that's good enough to do what they're doing, and that argument is a cliche when justifying minorities' actions. Poor education and poverty are important factors of course, but there are also other factors there are overlooked. For example, many portuguese immigrants have mediocre jobs in many countries, and most have poor education, but they're known for not causing any troubles. They'd never do anything like this, even though the poverty levels and education aren't great. The same applies to asian immigrants, immigrants from other european countries, and you can see where I'm going...
Agreed. I was not making the claim that poor an underprivileged are actually reasons for the riots, let alone defensible ones, simply pointing out the the inclusion of their colour made even less sense.
 
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Was really impressed by the Turkish community in my area of London, they were out on the streets last night defending the local shops and housing and chasing away any of the mob that got close.
 

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Any comment on why you believe this was allowed to happen by the police?
I heard from the BBC that the vandals were keeping one step ahead of the police through using cell phones and internet communication. The police were outmaneuvered.
 

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I heard from the BBC that the vandals were keeping one step ahead of the police through using cell phones and internet communication. The police were outmaneuvered.
Whilst this is true mainly they were outmanned. Only 6000 officers for 45,000 999 calls. Tonight there's over 16,000 so things are bound to be easier to control.
 

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Whilst this is true mainly they were outmanned. Only 6000 officers for 45,000 999 calls. Tonight there's over 16,000 so things are bound to be easier to control.
And it's possible many calls were reporting the same event. They will need a heuristic AI filter perhaps to give a probability that a call is redundant to a given event - based on GPS information or exchange of caller.
 

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