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 Bee on

Thank you!

My kid and his friends met to walk to school together for safety in numbers, but the neighbourhood was full of burned out cars & buildings. The cops came by and told the school to shut early, so they helped each other back to the trains and home.

Two trips across freaked out London, and the cops are authorised to use rubber bullets against the kids on the streets. Frightening. But what can you do? He wanted to go.

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Submitted by Susan on

Yes -- please do stay safe!

"Do not forget. Remember and warn." -- Plaque fixed to the hollow shell of Sarajevo's National Library

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Submitted by Bee on

Thank you! Found a mutual friend under a railway trestle and adopted her for the day. She was coming through town on tour, but all her plans were in disarray & the warehouse storing all of her albums was burned to the ground.

We had a nice time talking about everything as fellow freaked out Americans. Very much a Blitz spirit around here. Shopkeepers are out defending the streets, everyone has a stiff upper lip, etc.

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Submitted by Bee on

My mother has endured more than any parent should be asked to live through, and after all the trouble of keeping me alive what do I do? Apparently, fling myself toward trouble. Though she is used to it by now. In fact, though my stateside friends are underestimating how close & bad the riots have been, my mother gets it. She knows that I always downplay everything. This is what she had to say:

The way I try to look at, is that you took the kids to Seattle for those riots. When you took me to France there were riots going on. So stay safe and tell the children they are not allowed to participate. Love to all.

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Submitted by Susan on

Oh, I read about that tonight. Tremendous loss of all kinds of stuff, likely a bunch of small Indy labels are likely to go completely under because of the amount of damage that went down with that warehouse. Yech.

"Do not forget. Remember and warn." -- Plaque fixed to the hollow shell of Sarajevo's National Library

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Submitted by Bee on

Yeah. The consequences & level of devastation is completely unknown, and the chaos has spread straight across the country.

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Submitted by Susan on

It seems like that fine line has been crossed where perhaps the nothing left to lose, not comfortable enough *not* to act has been finally crossed. I wonder how long before it catches on here (or if it already has and it's just small scale enough to not have caught media attention yet for 'not photogenic enough').

"Do not forget. Remember and warn." -- Plaque fixed to the hollow shell of Sarajevo's National Library

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Submitted by Bee on

I think the main thing is geography. The US is huge, most of the cities are not very crowded.... England is very small, and the cities are jam packed full of people. What happens in one section can spread rapidly to others. Also, London at least has the phenomenon of mixed incomes in all neighbourhoods. Each borough has low income housing, instead of how I grew up, with all the poor people penned in a couple of undesirable locations. I think this is awesome. But as we saw, it means that something can flare up unexpectedly -- many of the places you might have seen on the news were rough and poor, but some were decidedly middle class. I mean really. Ealing? Wtf?

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