Disturbances in England

Riots in the UK in 2011 are a series of public disorder and looting that occurred in the UK. The disturbances began in the neighborhood of London to Tottenham on August 6th of 2011, after the death of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old who was shot by officers from the Metropolitan Police.

The next day, the riots spread to other parts of London, as in Wood Green, Enfield Town and Ponders End. These acts of vandalism and violent behavior also occurred in many other areas of the capital. The attacks were directed against the police, while many shops were looted and some burned-out buildings. At least 35 policemen were injured.


Historical Context

It has been said of them being "the worst unrest since the incidents of Brixton 1995" and that "the fires that burn London are not as numerous and intense since the bombing of London by the Germans in World War II ". Disobedience comes from bad relationship to the black community in England with the police, and incidents have been replicated in cities with large populations of this breed, such as Birmingham, where they had raised protests Kingsley's death Burrell. It is believed that these disturbances are similar to the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985, during which the police officer Keith Blakelock was killed.

The riots were preceded by calls for better surveillance by the Metropolitan Police, who had observed the possibility of another uprising as happened after the death of Stephen Lawrence and the deaths of 13 blacks in the incident in New Cross Fire. During the summer of 2011 has been significant peaceful marches against Scotland Yard as a result of the death of Smiley Culture, but events have been of little consequence.

Several factors have been momentous, such as high poverty and unemployment, increasing the step between rich and poor and low social mobility that exists in Western society.

The death of Mark Duggan

The shooting by police who killed Mark Duggan took place during a planned arrest on August 4, 2011 in Ferry Lane Bridge, close to Tottenham Hale station.

In the incident a policeman was injured, forcing open an investigation into what happened. They are not clear yet what were the causes that led police to arrest Duggan, although it appears that part of an arrest under Operation Trident, which investigates gun crimes and drug trafficking among blacks London, which allegedly have been involved by Duggan trade cocaine and as a member of the organization Gang Star. Friends and relatives of Duggan say he was unarmed in the shooting. The police insist that carried a handgun, but there is no evidence showing that the police fired Duggan.

After the shooting, the media widely reported that the bullet was found in a police radio involving Duggan. Several days after The Guardian reported that initial testing of ballistic made ??the bullets recovered from the police radio and a bullet that had also been attributed to Duggan were "very different."

August 8

On August 8, 2011, these incidents have spread to other English towns such as Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol. The balance amounts to 200 prisoners and 35 policemen injured.

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