By Max Clarke
The UK’s biggest police force is facing mounting pressure for its handling of a disturbance in Tottenham, North London, that escalated on Saturday night into widespread rioting.
Some 100 arrests were made after public anger over the police’s fatal shooting of 29 year-old local, Mark Duggan, tured violent. Looting spread across Tottenham High Road targeting a number of retailers including the Art Deco carpetright building which was razed to the ground.
Twitter, and other social media platforms, again emerged as a unifying force in the violence, with belligerents urging reinforcements via tweets to hit the highroad and cause damage to Metropolitan Police Officers.
The looting has been blasted by Duggan’s family, as well as by locals and officials as high us as London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, as Tony Parsons tweeted:
Dear #LondonRiots - you don't fight for justice by robbing shops, putting people on minimum wage on the dole & trashing poor neighbourhoods.
Government have all joined in their condemnation of the savage violence. Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg "needless, opportunistic theft", whilst Home Secretary Theresa May cut short her holiday to return to the embattled Capital.
“It is completely unacceptable and the people who have suffered are those who have lost their businesses, shopkeepers who have lost their shops, families who have lost their homes and many people who felt very frightened in their own neighbourhoods,” said Clegg.
Unemployment in Tottenham- famously home to the fatal 1985 Broadwater Farm housing estate riots that saw PC Keith Blakelock hacked to death by machete wielding locals- remains high, and a lack of opportunities amongst local youths has formed a powder keg of urban disquiet. Duggan’s killing provided the spark that saw violence erupt brefore targeting the local JobCentre.
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