A Closer Look at the Streets of London

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Two young men are detained outside the Currys electrical store in Brixton on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Widespread rioting and looting took place across many parts of London on Monday. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images/Getty)

Police in London say now 525 people have been arrested and one person is confirmed dead after three consecutive nights of rioting throughout Britain. Prime Minister David Cameron spoke earlier this morning outside Downing House in an attempt to pacify the violence. We've been hearing reports of looting and arson. Bristol resident Andy Valentine joins us to give us the view from the ground. Rob Watson from the BBC joins the show as well.


Robert Watson

Comments [1]


I am still waiting for proof that these riots have anything to do with race or class.

And since when did "class" become a valid excuse for rioting in a wealthy socialized European nation state like England?

Let's call this out for what it is; an abject moral failure of teenagers (poor, middle class and quite possbily wealthy) and their parents. Let's please not fret too much over social situations or government policies, because there is no justification whatsoever for this kind of random violence and arson.

To kids in England: have your fun if you wish. If you did these kinds of actions in American cities like Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Phoenix, Denver or Miami, or any of their suburban environs, you'd be shot by homeowners and business owners.

Aug. 09 2011 10:21 AM

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