The last few days have seen scenes of rioting through London following the killing of a man, Mark Duggan, by police. The riots erupted following a demonstration in Tottenham on Saturday 6th August demanding answers from the police about what happened, and rapidly spread to other areas in London further afield. They continued for a third night, with similar incidents breaking out in Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol, and elsewhere through the country.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, certain quarters have chosen to associate this with anarchism – from the Daily Mail claiming “a mob of 200 anarchists” attacking a jewellers in Enfield (claims echoed by Sky News (skip to 0:35 in the video)) to Deputy Mayor of London Kit Malthouse casually throwing anarchists in along with “part of organised gangs or just feral youth”.
While it is too early to draw in-depth conclusions from the events of the last few days, there do seem to be some parallels with the riots in the suburbs of Paris in 2005.
Rather than attempt to give comment, here’s some analysis from elsewhere. Note: linking to an article should not be taken as endorsing all its contents, nor should linking to a site be taken as full agreement with that site or group’s politics.
- Tottenham fights back against police brutality – libcom.org
- Tottenham: ‘This is what you get – fire’ – Red Pepper
- In the ashes of a riot – Truth, Reason & Liberty
- From Brixton to Tottenham, the inequality at the heart of the riots – Jody McIntyre
- Tower Hamlets ALARM
- Islington ALARM
- Eyewitness account of Edmonton ‘riot’ – Fitwatch
- London riots: Fight there on Mare Street – libcom.org
- Riots spread across Britain – Truth, Reason & Liberty
- Contextualising violence: the Tottenham riots – hanariaz.com
- UK Riots – HAL’s Official Statement – Huddersfield Anarchist League
- A message to a country on fire – anticutsspace
- North London Solfed’s response to the London riots
- The Truth About Water Canons (warning: graphic)
- Criminality and Rewards – report from an anarchist in Brixton.
- Nothing “mindless” about rioters
- Interview with Darcus Howe (YouTube)
- Interview with a resident in Hackney (YouTube)
- Al Jazeera
- #londonriots on Twitter
- #ukriots on Twitter
- Birmingham Riots on Tumblr
- Google Map charting events
- Wikipedia article on the situation
Volunteers are coming together to clean up in the aftermath of the riots – see http://www.riotcleanup.com/ for details.
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