Riots in London

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Mon, 08/08/2011 - 10:45 -- Bee

Report from the third night of London riots:

Never fear, we are fine.

Though all the stores near me have closed, riot cops have partitioned part of the local area, armoured vehicles are streaming past, and helicopters are swooping overhead.

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Submitted by turtle on

Bee, are you up? what do you know about how Muswell Hill is faring? One of my closest friends lives there (works at the Zoo) but I can't reach her, (maybe cos middle of the night!) just wondering...

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Submitted by vkitty on

One of my dearest friends lives in London, I'm not sure what part. Except I haven't talked to her in a few days I didn't know about this! I'm so nervous now. Bee, stay safe! I need to message my friend, I'm really freaking out over here. Not that there's anything I can do about it, but still.

"Overcome the angry by non-anger; overcome the wicked by goodness; overcome the miser by generosity; overcome the liar by truth." -Buddha

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Submitted by vkitty on

Wrong, she's not in London! She is in Catford, Lewisham. Where is that? I have no clue.

Editing because I apparently need to learn geography:
So I guess Lewisham is part of London. She lives in Catford. Lewisham is one of the places listed in the news article as being part of the violence. I'm super worried. I can't call her, all I can do is message her :( I hope she's okay.

"Overcome the angry by non-anger; overcome the wicked by goodness; overcome the miser by generosity; overcome the liar by truth." -Buddha

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Submitted by Bee on

Yes, Lewisham and Catford are just beyond where my daughter lives... she goes there to shop for groceries & says the thrift stores are great. Catford was definitely part of the violence earlier, but I haven't heard anything so far today.

My son is taking summer classes in a different neighbourhood that was torched last night. Trying to figure out if class is still on? Probably yes, though no details I can see. The British are very lowkey about disasters.

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Submitted by Bee on

Sorry, didn't see this last night. This site is the best for details: http://thewestlondoner.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/more-london-disturbances-tonight/

I haven't heard anything about Muswell Hill. Twelve hours ago I would have thought it a totally safe area? But last night the riots burned parts of Ealing, Notting Hill, etc.

Hope your friend is ok. If British, will at least say so -- my British friends are being very stiff upper lip about the whole thing. It really is a startling cultural difference. We've been exchanging texts to check in but the fear is expressed in deadpan ways.

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Submitted by Bee on

Yesterday the larger public started to fizz with comments like "Why don't they call in the Army?"

I said "What Army? The Army is in Afghanistan!"

My friends mocked. Then this morning experts on the news, when asked the question directly, said "The Army is in Afghanistan."

Truth is budget cuts and recent scandal at top levels of police force have created a real public safety nightmare. All cops are being called from all beats, no matter how inexperienced or young.

This is really painful to contemplate, because it means everyone out on the streets is in even more danger. Including the cops.

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Submitted by Bee on

Thank you.

The apartment building across from me was padlocked over night - that would be the main fire exit? Mainly I'm seeing bewildered residents rattling the door, but my brain supplies vivid scenarios of what would happen if the building was hit. Can't really believe that in 2011 anyone would padlock the front door of a massive block of flats when there is a real risk of fire?

This is just one detail I can see from my window. Reports from across the city are pretty scary.

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Submitted by Bee on

Thank you.

My son has to go across the city and through one of the hardest hit neighbourhoods this morning, and get back again tonight. I am not happy. Teenage boys all look the same to trigger happy cops.

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