Live Blog UK Riots 2011
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Following last weekend’s disturbances in Brixton and Tottenham the protests have spread to the numerous London boroughs including Hackney, Peckham and Croydon, as well as UK cities Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and more. These reports are direct from reporters on the ground.
Note: Times correspond to reporting, not necessarily to times of actions. Images and video may be copyright Ceasefire Magazine, please contact us if you wish to use them.
Sunday 14th August
14.00: The People has published this image from Manchester yesterday which shows a police officer pointing a semi-automatic machine gun at the head of an 11-15 year old:
Saturday 13th August
23.00: The extreme sentencing post-riots has been described as “collective punishment,” with some claiming that there are severe judicial aspects being overlooked. The Guardian reports: “Nicholas Robinson, 23, an electrical engineering student with no previous convictions, was jailed for the maximum permitted six months after pleading guilty to stealing bottles of water worth £3.50 from Lidl in Brixton.” One man was given a 16 week sentence for saying to an officer “I’d smash you if you took your uniform off.”
20.45: Article & photos from today’s unity demonstration – Right to work.
20.30: London burns – causes & consequences of the riots – an anarchist perspective, from the Workers Solidarity Movement. This is a detailed account and they have also shared ‘videos worth watching’, many of which are listed here.
20.20: “Some thoughts about the Tottenham riots;” from Hanringey Solidarity Group. “A lot needs to change. Listening rather than judging – help rather than jail – are small steps in the right direction.”
20.00: Notting Students Against Fees & Cuts issued a statement yesterday condemning the response to the riots and asking for a call to action. They call for disbanding of the IPCC, reinstatement of EMA and scrapping of fees, amongst other things.
18.00: UK riots debate in Clapham – Flip Life TV: “They aren’t acting greedy – they’re acting hungry.” “You can’t be ashamed of them if you’ve given them nothing to make you proud.”
13.25: Happening now: Give Our Kids a Future! A North London Unity Demonstration
‘Bankers are the real looters:’
Friday 12th August
20.28: Peter Osborne writes “The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom” for the Telegraph.
20.25: Turkish-Kurdish Community in Dalston gives press announcement about riots in London
15.10: Leading opinion piece in today’s Independent: “The Prime Minister’s draconian gimmicks;” discusses the huge impracticalities of the Prime Ministers suggestions of monitoring social media, curfew powers, approval of water cannons and baton rounds and other ‘petty regulations.’ “The reform that is really needed is one that goes to the root social causes of the disturbances.”
15.00: Tweet: “Cameron: “A culture that glorifies violence.” London hosts DSEi, the world’s biggest arms fair in five weeks time.”
1:45Am: British College Kid Gets 6 Months in Prison for Looting $5 Worth of Bottled Water, in Gawker.
Thursday 11th August
Reporting from public meeting “Riots, Recession, Resistance:”
Note: These are paraphrased quotations
“Coalition of Resistance meeting at ULU is packed, hundreds standing at the back alone. Some really great and inspiring speeches.” – Over 300 people by the end.
20.30: John McDonnell has just come from the House of Commons, says that the commons today was ‘absolute hypocrisy': “For 3 decades, governments have constructed a looter society!”
20.20: “Government shouldn’t talk about families when they’re tearing them up making parents work double shifts,” Says MP John McDonnell
20.10: Lee Jasper of BARAC: “The corruption is coming from the top down in British society.”
20.00: “Why did the riots start in Haringey not Henley? Because they have everything to do with poverty and deprivation.” – James Meadway, Chief Economist at New Economics Foundation
19.53: “So, great Britain. You can get all the brooms out you want, but you cannot sweep away the legitimate concerns of our youth.” – Nephew of Smiley Culture.
19.50: “Get what you can when you can,” the mentality reflected across society that we teach our kids.
19.49: Smiley Culture’s nephew: “The idea that our youth are politically apathetic and unaware is a fallacy…Society has taught them that violence is the answer.”
19.45: Mother of Demetre Fraser, who died in police custody: “I want justice or no peace!”
19.35: Andrew Murray from Unite: “Our government will pay nothing to relieve poverty and will pay anything to repress the poor.”
19.30: Clare Solomon: “They are avoiding the word rioters – Why? Because it is a political term.”
19.27: “Debates about investment in public services – where have they been? Nowhere…Britain needs to face itself in the mirror and have a discourse – it’s time for the truth to win.”
19.25: “Riots do not happen in a vacuum.” Symeon Brown, community worker from Tottenham discusses that what happened after the riots is what’s important, looking at the history of rebellion. “Not acknowledging the root causes.”
19.00: Happening now: Public meeting “Riots, Recession, Resistance,” discussing the events in Tottenham and across the UK. Reports are that it is well attended at around 250 people, with all the seats taken. See speakers here.
19.40: Reuters social media timeline of London riots – Only cites local journalists and known news organisations who were definitely not the first people there.
17.00: “PM says sites such as Twitter and Facebook ‘can be used for ill’ and that broadcasters should hand footage of riots to police,” according to The Guardian, in attempts at censorship by ‘banning’ people from using social media.
16.10: Reports of police raids taking place to “recover stolen goods,” according to BBC.
16.00: Discussions taking place in Parliament, we will continue to cover activity on the ground.
15.40: Reports that there are Welsh police in Stretham: “They seem to be ‘chatting’ with every other person as if to say ‘we’re police and we’re here’.”
13.25: A public meeting entitled “Riots, Recession, Resistance” is taking place tonight, called by the ‘Coalition of Resistance’ and ‘Black Activists Rising Against Cuts.’ It will take place at 7pm at the ULU on Malet Street, London.
13.10: At least 3 people have been arrested “on suspicion of using Twitter and Blackberry Messenger to incite violent disorder in Southampton.” A man has been charged for riot incitement on Facebook, report the Independent.
11.20: A candlelit vigil took place in Birmingham last night to mark the deaths of the 3 men killed during the riots. This was celebrated as a unification of Muslims and Sikhs, as they debated over how to respond to the tragedy.
11.05: This video of a TEDx talk by Paul Lewis explains ‘citizen journalism’ and how it was used to expose the cases of Ian Thomlinson and Jimmy Mubenga. This has also been used by Ceasefire to cover the riots and other stories.
11.00: Activity last night was minimal, the first night without riots in 5 days.
Wednesday 10th August
Metropolitan: 805 (251 charged)
Greater Manchester: 300
West Midlands: 109
Avon & Somerset: 24
23.56: “Was in Lewisham, saw a lot of police…and possibly anti-EDL crew. Bus didn’t stop in Lewisham, police said it was because of ‘anti-riot demo’.”
23.55: Video of EDL in Eltham on Tuesday night:
23:50: Apart from pockets in Eltham and Tottenham, things seem quiet tonight – via Paul Lewis & Twitter activity.
19.00: After 4 days of riots across the UK, an anti-austerity demonstration is taking place in Deptford, South London, to bring to light some of the underlying causes of the riots.
18.50: Anti-Cuts demonstration currently taking place in Deptford. Chants of “Our kids future not for sale put the bankers into jail,” and “Blame the government not the kids.”
17.40: “The BBC apologises for a live interview on its news channel – broadcast on Tuesday – in which presenter Fiona Armstrong accused guest Darcus Howe of taking part in riots. The Corporation said it had not intended to show him any disrespect.” The original clip can be found further down this page.
17.15: Calls for use of water cannon refuted by Northern Ireland expert: “It is not workable at all. There are several points, including the size of these vehicles…The big issue would be manoeuvrability. They are suited to operating in a wide space, where police are faced with a crowd of rioters.”
17.00: Islamic student group ‘FOSIS’ sets up charity for Mohammad Asyraf, the Malaysian student who was a victim of an attack: Supporting a Riot Victim Away from Home
16.50: UAF members arrange counter EDL protest in Manchester tonight: “To Uaf supporters: Keep the EDL out of Mcr! Meet today@ 5.30pm, Victoria Statue, Picadilly Gardens to protest at the EDL. They plan to assemble tonight at 6pm to ‘police’ the city. Fascists not welcome in Manchester!”
16.40: After David Cameron calls those behind the Facebook group “Support the Met against the riots” the “best of Britain,” It is revealed the group’s founder Sean Boscott has tweeted numerous racist messages. He refutes the claims, saying his “account was hacked.”
Click image on the right to see the tweets.
16.20: Operation Black Vote – EDL: “These coons need gassing: “As ugly as these disturbances are they have never been about one race attacking another.”
16.00: Mark Steel’s comment piece “Imagine the Bastille with BlackBerrys” is a comedic take on some of the rhetoric about the riots. “The current violence has been contrasted with 1981, as if back then, there were proper, decent riots with a political purpose and a Specials song. Now it’s accepted by much of the establishment that there were genuine issues that enraged a generation. But at the time, as I remember, the news was packed with politicians yelling there could be no excuse for mindless criminality.”
15.50: Young man puts his points across to London Mayor Boris Johnson; “You’ve cut off so much blood supply to youth,” listing EMA, education funding and bombing in Libya as parts of the problem:
15.25: The North London Assembly has called for a ‘Unity Demonstration‘ entitled “Give Our Kids a Future!” on Saturday 13th August. “This will be a positive and peaceful march with an Assembly at the end for people to express what they are thinking about recent events.”
14.50: Interview with Tariq Jahan, father of one of the men killed in Birmingham last night:
14.25: Interview on the causes for the riots from Hackney. “I’m saddened that these people have had to sacrifice their own environment for them to be heard.”
14.12: More footage of police apparently using force on “innocent person”:
14:00: Footage from Manchester last night shows police beating people on bicycles:
13.10: Reuters article London rioters point to poverty and prejudice: “”They call it looting and criminality. It’s not that. There’s a real hatred against the system,” he added, listing what he saw as the police prejudice, discrimination and lack of opportunity that led him and his friends to loot shops, torch bins and hurl missiles at police Monday.”
12.30: “There is a completely ignored underclass,” interesting piece on BBC 5 Live
12.20: It is confirmed that tragic events in Winson Green led to the deaths of three men, one of whom has been named by the BBC as Haroon Jahan, 21.
12.00: Met police say man is in critical condition after being beaten in Ealing on Monday
11.17: Cameron confirms “more robust approach” and “Contingency are now plans in place for water cannon to be available at 24 hours’ notice.” via Guardian
10.45: EDL in Eltham, no reports of major violence:
10.30: Manchester aftermath photos:
10.10: Richer Sounds electrical store, Birmingham:
10.00: Damage done to a Tesco in Birmingham, riot cleanup:
09.30: Smoke cloud seen rising from Birmingham:
04:44: Paul Lewis (of the Guardian) tweets this pic from Barton Street in Gloucester.
04:40: Impressive photo report of UK riots at the Boston Globe.
03:59: Young man who was helped and then robbed by youths identified as 20-year-old Malaysian student Mohd Asyraf Raziq Rosli.
03:36: Reports confirm incident at Islamic centre in Leeds: “…on his way to the mosque he was confronted by a group of 12 thugs who threatened to assault him…the police were nowhere to be seen.”
03:10: According to Sangat TV (Sky 847), two brothers have died and one is in critical condition at Dudley Hospital after a riot related car accident in Birmingham.
03:09: Gloucester Riots (album of photos here):
02.21: Darcus Howe’s Timely Insurrection is a radical piece which suggests that people need to question why these riots are happening and that political organisation needs to take place.
01.50: Guardian video from Hackney yesterday demonstrates heavy-handed police tactics. “Half of the people in this community have all got a story of individual brutality. We all have stories of police brutality…The only thing they can do is answer our questions with violence…If you’re going to start treating people like animals, then people are going to start behaving like animals.”
01:24: This article on News Shopper corroborates some earlier reports about EDL and right-wing groups in Eltham: “one man was overheard speaking on his phone, saying: “It’s going to kick off. A n****r is going to get it tonight.””
01:00: Burning car in Leeds on Roundhay Road outside St. Aidans church. Another source says they were escorted out of Islamic centre by Police: “…they went crazy, 30 individuals came into the car park with cricks etc.”
00:56: BBC Reports total arrests in Manchester is 47, that the situation appears to be contained.
00:20: Reports that there is some damage to a Starbucks in Slough, but claims that it is limited to that:
00.10: Breaking AP: LONDON — British far-right group leader says 1,000 members are taking to the streets to deter rioters.
Tuesday 9th August
23.15: Video of people running and chanting “England, England”, uploaded around 10pm.
23.00 Unconfirmed reports coming in of rampage by EDL members in Greenwich, 2 black youths beaten up. Also reported by the BBC: “I am in Eltham…A policeman tried to tell me to get out of the area but I still had to wait for my bus. I saw a fight on another bus and a black guy get chased across the road.”
Original video from Eltham, isn’t clear enough to confirm:
22:30 Canning Circus station fire put out. Police arrest “at least” 8 suspects.
22:00 Canning Circus Police Station in Nottingham “fire bombed by a group of 30-40 males. No reports of injuries at this stage.” According to Notts Police sources
20.35: Ceasefire columnist Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed looks at the deeper implications of the social unrest. The real danger, he argues, lies in what happens next in “Riot Fever as a Symptom of Systemic Failure.”
20.25: Police on Barking High Road:
20.20: Ilford Lane Jewellers ramsacked:
20.07: Police making arrest in Manchester:
20.04: Police out in force in Manchester:
20.02: Quiet in Angel, police around the canal:
19.58: BBC reports that someone inciting ‘violence’ on twitter has been arrested.
19.50: Live updates from Manchester: “Riots reportedly spread to Portland St.”
19.40: Someone planking in front of police in Manchester:
19.35: Tesco smashed in Manchester:
19.20: Confirmed reports of shops attacked in Manchester, including a fire in Miss Selfridge.
19.00: Police lines in Manchester City Centre:
18.55: Riot vans racing from Shepherd’s Bush towards Central London
18.50: London Borough of Newham sending texts under “LBNMetPolic” saying “Pls keep your children safe by ensuring you know where they are this evening. Police & Council will find & prosecute those involved in violence.”
18.35: “In the West Midlands, it is already kicking off in Wolverhampton, West Bromwich and Walsall.”
18.30: Reports that the Arndale in Manchester is surrounded and under attack.
18.10: Argos in East Ham, London:
17.50: Looters breaking into shops in Salford, Manchester.
17.45: The Guardian is now maintaining an interactive map of the riots (old events in black, latest in red):
17.35: Police confirm they will be going through CCTV footage to arrest suspects post-riots.
Breaking: 17.15: The Independent Police Complaints Commission reveals no evidence that Mark Duggan opened fire at police before he was shot dead from ballistics tests.
17.10: Police batons & Baseball bats sales up by 5,000% on Amazon
17.10: Police have suggested that they may use “plastic bullets” against rioters. They are deploying 16,000 officers across London tonight.
17.00: “Up to 80 young people in standoff with Greater Manchester Police.” Riot police rushing an estate in Salford, Manchester:
16.50: Southall being evacuated by police, according to source in the area.
16.40: Carphone Warehouse Ilford attempts to prevent looters with ‘no stock’ sign:
16.30: Scotland Yard said a 26-year-old man had been found in a car suffering from gunshot wounds as violence swept through Croydon. He later died.
16.25: Police horses travelling through Angel:
16.15: Indymedia reports that police have been instructed to “take the gloves off” tonight, saying that they will be using tactics of “Road clearing” and “Snatch Squads.”
16.10: Reports that Beckton has been targeted, including Asda and PC World.
16.05: Reports that Toxteth police station has been closed down following fears it could be attacked tonight.
15.50: Ceasefire contributor Melanie Scagliarini, a Hackney resident, sends an eyewitness report from the area.
14.00: BlackBerry Blog hacked “You Will _NOT_ assist the UK Police because if u do innocent members of the public who were at the wrong place at the wrong time and owned a blackberry will get charged for no reason at all.” They have also posted a YouTube video to a Lowkey song. (Screenshot right).
13.00: Tariq Ali responds to the situation, asking “Why here, why now.”
12.00: BBC interview with Darcus Howe allegedly removed from their website:
6.01AM Impressive Google Map of all the verified riot locations in and around London.
4.24AM: Exclusive new photos and videos from Ceasefire’s reporting team of Hackney riots.
3.32AM Bristol police confirm riots have reached the city.
3.23AM Amazing footage of police and rioters clashing in St Pauls, Bristol.
2.50AM: Brixton is dead & largely empty but still with fairly large police presence. Petrol station in Tulse Hill attacked, police van guarding.
2.45AM: Money Transfer shop in West Norwood raided & Amusement arcade in Norbury.
2.05AM: Huge fire in Waltham Abbey Sony Depot.
2.00AM: Tesco Croydon looted. Arrests were being made:
2.00AM: Pharmacy in Peckham stripped bare:
12.10AM: “Shepherd’s Bush quiet, a few police and a handful of people about. Occasional sirens.”
12.05AM: Forest Gate police station lights are off, surrounded by 8 vans, some from ‘Northants Police’. Sirens everywhere.
12.00AM: “I saw my favourite Pakistani shopkeeper & his buddies chase a bunch of boys with batons/wood planks in Green Street.”
Monday 8th August
23.50: Woman vs. Police in Croydon:
23.50: Reports of Budgens in Mile End smashed up.
23.40: Fruit & Veg stall on fire:
23.40: Croydon Much smashed:
23.45: “Green Street has no damage except slightly smashed door of Tesco. Peacock with massive windows doesn’t have a scratch.”
23.40: Building billowing with smoke:
23.35: Croydon police
23.35: Croydon fruit shop on fire
23.30: Croydon shop being attacked:
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23.30: Croydon Dominos smashed
23.25: Croydon shops looted
23.20: Croydon cash machines broken into
23.10: Croydon shops broken into
22.57 Riots have spread to Depford, Catford, Illford, New Barnet and Romford.
22:24 Following last weekend’s disturbances in brixton and tottenham the protests have spread to the london boroughs of hackney, peckham and croydon as well as birmingham.
21:19: Hackney central is on fire.
21:37: Police helicopters being heard in Leeds.
Earlier on Sunday the riots spread to other areas of London, notably Enfield and Brixton. Ceasefire had two reporters on the ground in Brixton tonight.
2.25AM: Windows smashed in Streatham Hill independent computer store
2.00AM: [Video] Police using helicopter light and noise to disperse protesters
1.45AM: [Video] Currys raided again after police retreat. (Commentary from reporter)
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1.30AM: [Video] Police retreating/relocating after coming under hail of paving stones & other projectiles
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1.20AM: More riot police blocking exits
1.15AM: Police pushing people back from Brixton Recreational Centre [Video]
1AM: McDonald’s and KFC smashed
12.45AM: Vodaphone shop smashed:
12.30AM: More officers deployed:
12.25AM: Fire in Footlocker:
12.20AM: Riot police block roads:
12.15AM: Riot police blocking exit:
12.12AM: Riot police gearing up in van:
12.10AM: T-Mobile Shop looted:
12.02AM: Brixton Recreation Centre on Fire:
12.01AM: Looting Comet & Curtis:
All images and video copyright Ceasefire Magazine, please contact us if you wish to use them.
Report compiled by Usayd Younis, Ceasefire associate editor.