(Closed) Any of you following the London riots?

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Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@bells: Seriously, I can’t believe it. I have friends and family all over the UK, especially London, and what I’m hearing from them is unreal – one friend had the police come to her door and instruct her to lock all her doors and windows, set the alarm and turn off the lights. It’s unreal. The police force is totally unprepared for something like this, I feel for the people who are doing their best to control the violence. There are videos of injured people being attacked and robbed – WHO DOES THAT?! What bothers me most is that it’s just opportunistic violence and looting. There’s no sense of a unified grievance or even any purpose, it’s just mindless thuggery. The people involved disgust me. /rant. 

Sorry. Yes, in answer to your question, I am following them!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve been following them some. After the two riots here in the US in July, and now these, I just don’t understand it. What purpose does it serve at all? I hate assholes. 

 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’ve been folowing them, the reasons behind it are completely ridiculous.  I really hope that innocent people do not get hurt, and that businesses do not go bankrupt.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I just learned about it yesterday. I am so busy I hardly look at the news. Well and plus the news is always so sad and depressing I just cant watch it sometimes. But yeah I was shocked when I found out. They say it started when a protest went bad. After people in a protest turn violent, I have no respect for them. They are trying to protest and violence is their answer??? Yeah I dont think people will listen and /or respect u now.

Young people are insane!!!! And Im talking about young people everywhere.

Did u hear about the attacks at our Wisconsin State Fair?? There was fighting amoung young black teens in the fair. Then they were all kicked out and they started attacking white people as they were leaving the state fair!!! Im not joking.

I used to be a teen but I never in a million years would have attacked people or rioted!!!!!!

 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Earlybride:There was a peaceful protest in North London on Saturday after a young guy was shot and killed by police as they were trying to arrest him. That incident is under investigation now, but the protest in Tottenham was legit. Then some people looking for a fight basically hijacked it and it’s spread. I bet if you asked most of the people looting they wouldn’t even know his name. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Oneeleven: I think in some cases it can at least draw attention to an issue – we had a thing over here with old people protesting medical card limitations that did actually get some changes, but on the whole I’m with you. Having said that, the original protest, which was peaceful, has resulted in an internal police investigation into the incident with the young guy being shot, so that’s good. Thing is, besides that one pocket of peaceful protest, none of the rest of it has anything to do with protesting. It’s just rioting.

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@52Dublin:

I agree with you but in this day and age, protesting often leads to rioting.  I just don’t think you can often have one without the other.  Well, that is… if the protest is over something that people care about and gets enough ‘attention’.

This is why even peaceful protests are being handled with much more force than they used to.

And no, you’re right, not a single one of those scum-sucking, douchebag rioters have a CLUE what they are “protesting” over or how this all started.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Oneeleven:I certainly think the risk of rioting is very high. Although when the people who are peacefully protesting are a) lovely old people with zimmerframes moving very slowly, or b) well-heeled students with the attention spans of goldfish, you’re alright I think Smile 

Those are the only two protests I’ve seen not turn even a little bit nasty. Also, even though protesting is a very risky business, I think citizens should have the right to protest. I think it’s an important part of the democratic process, having the right to object to something, and we just need to be prepared to deal with that and shut down any misbehaviour asap. It’s a tough one to call, I think – what are your thoughts?

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

It’s terrifying. A lot of my friends were stuck in it last night and if I’d have been later home from work I’d have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Really scary.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Fiance and I live in London, and it’s bad. Thankfully, our area is safe, but areas all around us are a total mess. Scary stuff, and sad too. London’s youth can be pretty scary–ever ridden on a bus with a pack of them before?? In that respect, I can’t say the rioting has taken me completely off-guard.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

Funny, this all supposedly started over a gunshot but now all I want to do is take up target practice on these parasites

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’ve heard that some of the original looting focused on clothing and shoes. Does anyone know (since this began in a working-class neighborhood) whether that was for survival or are we talking someone wanted a new pair of sketchers?

This is what I personally believe our world is turning into today. There is a huge separation in wealth and when that happens we find that there is an increase in tension between police and the poor, as well as protesting/rioting. People get scared and angry, and when they do they turn primal.

It is very sad, but I don’t believe we can just outlaw protesting. We have to find a way to keep people from looting and destroying property. 

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