- Jan 2010
Tottenham in flames as riot follows protest
Two police cars, a bus and *several shops were attacked and set ablaze in north London on Saturday night as violence erupted following a protest demanding "justice" over a fatal police shooting.
Riots erupt in Tottenham with police cars, a bus and shops set on fire. Photograph: Sky News
Officers on horseback and others in riot gear clashed with hundreds of *rioters armed with makeshift missiles in the centre of Tottenham after Mark Duggan, 29, a father of four, was killed on Thursday.
At one point, rioters broke through police ranks and attempted to storm Tottenham's police station, pelting officers with bricks, bottles and eggs. As a police helicopter flew over Tottenham High Road, youths in masks and hoods added combustible material to two burned out police cars, included a bundle of documents and an awning ripped down from one of the shops. Some attempted to persuade the rioters to disperse, one young man shouting: "Go home now people."
But others filled bottles with petrol to throw at the police lines. Many lined up with makeshift weapons including metal bars and baseball bats to confront the line of police, but others seemed more interested in looting. At one stage a safe was dragged out of a book*makers, while others were seen with a television set and an electric guitar. Several arrived with shopping trollies to take away what they had stolen.
"It wasn't like this before," said one woman standing close to one of the two burned-out police cars. "It started out as a peaceful demonstration. The police shot a guy here last week and they lied about what happened. They said he pulled a gun but he wouldn't have done that with armed police. They shot him so badly that his mother could not recognise him."
A Metropolitan police spokesman said the trouble began when missiles were thrown at parked patrol cars at 8.30pm. He said one was pushed, blazing, into the middle of Tottenham High Road. Neither of the two officers who had been driving the cars was injured.
As violence spread, a double-decker bus was set upon. Witnesses said the vehicle exploded in flames after attackers threw homemade bombs through its windows. Nearby shops were also set ablaze.
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Wow. Is it just me, or is taking to the streets like, REALLY catching on around the world!? I don't think I've ever heard of as many mass protests and demonstrations (violent kind, and peaceful kind) as I have over the last year.
Shoot, the CANADIANS threw a riot over losing the Stanley Cup!