Hundreds of mostly young men armed with makeshift missiles hurled bricks and aimed fireworks at riot police against a backdrop of burning vehicles and buildings in north London as what began as a protest became a riot.
The pretext: the death of Mark Duggan, who died in a shootout with police. It doesn’t take much to ignite the imported and welfare-bred tinder in housing projects.
The unrest followed a protest march from Broadwater Farm, a 1960s public housing estate widely known for the killing of Police Constable Keith Blakelock, who was hacked to death during a riot there in 1985.
Before midnight on Saturday, the protest had turned violent, leading to 42 arrests. Police say 26 officers were hurt, including one who sustained a head injury. Two police cars and a double-decker bus were burnt and ”bottles and other missiles” were thrown at police by the crowd, police said in a statement.
By midnight, the crowd had grown to several hundred and thick black smoke hung over the area after several shops were set alight. …
Tottenham is home to a high proportion of poor ethnic minorities with a significant black population. ”How many black people have to die around here?” asked one of the youths, who gave his name as Pablo. ”I hate the police,” he said.
The anarchy even spread to another suburb several kilometres away where looters attacked a shopping centre in Wood Green. Clothing and coat hangers littered the street as young looters smashed the doors and ransacked nearly every shop. …
By 3am, it appeared that parts of the riot zone had spiralled out of police control. A fire raged in a block-long building. More fires raged unabated in narrow streets and alleys.
A group of young men laden with looted groceries sprinted down a side street, screaming, ”Let’s load up!”
The youths seemed to be both jubilant and deadly serious and the street had an almost party-like atmosphere, punctuated by intense violence.
Deranged by moonbattery, Britain opened its doors to reverse colonization. The price will be its future.