Sunday, August 07, 2011

London's Burning

There has been a significant riot in the Tottenham area of London overnight. It started as a protest over the

shooting death of a 29-year-old man by the Metropolitan Police

and it seems despite many riot police, police on horseback and in helicopters, rioters had the upper hand for some hours and:
[a]n enormous fire raged in a blocklong building, with no sign of police or fire department intervention, even while residents raced to drive their cars away as the building’s windows exploded and glass rained down on them. Giant fires raged in alleys, unabated.