5 posts tagged london
5 posts tagged london
Looking at London, Revolting!
LONDON — We are now six days into the unrest that started in the Greater London neighborhood of Tottenham, spread throughout London and then erupted across England. London has been relatively — but tenuously — calmer than it was on Monday night, when looting, arson and violence escalated and reached new and disparate parts of the city … What’s been more interesting to me, however, has been the ways in which many denizens of England have established identities as non-rioters or anti-rioters and expressed criticism through social media and images circulated through it…. READ MORE.
Thank you so much for your concern. I am in the UK, and while things have escalated elsewhere, last night was quiet where I am in London, likely owing to an increased police presence of some 16,000 officers in the city last night. I am safe (or as safe as I can be, anyway). It was tense because everyone was pretty much sitting around waiting to see if any more violence would happen, and there has been a nervous energy in the air. Looting and violence popped up rapidly in scattered areas throughout the city Monday night, hitting fairly close to where I live, but activity died down in most places during the day. I felt compelled to keep checking in on the situation from my laptop, refreshing twitter and the Guardian’s liveblog (http://bit.ly/njIlko), which also contributed to anxious tension.
What’s going on has been described as fueled by class tensions and extreme disparity in wealth and opportunities for wealth, “a hatred for the system,” as discussed here: http://bit.ly/q8KolF, different but I daresay not totally divorced from the more racially motivated riots in the 1980s.
I’m sorry to hear about what’s happening in Philly. I hope that you also stay safe and that it gets resolved soon (although the larger issues will be at stake for a long time, I’m sure). xo
The London Riots Saved The Queen
Lewis Whyld for PA/AP, a burning building in Tottenham (August 7th, 2011)
Boston.com’s “The Big Picture” has a number of striking photos from the riots over the past few days. The building shown here, formerly housing an apartment complex and a carpet store, had been built in the Victorian era and survived both World Wars. There has also been coverage of the Reeves family furniture store in Croydon, another Victorian building devastated by riot fire.
Photographer Amy Weston of the WENN Agency, who took what is probably the most iconic news picture to date of the London riots — a woman leaping from the window of a flat, toward the arms of persons below — tells the story of how she came upon the shot:
I was told there were fires in the Church Street area, near Surrey Street Market.
By the time I drove towards it, I could already see the fires from my windscreen.
There were six or seven people screaming and crying outside, and they looked like they lived at the flats that were burning. The flats were above small independent shops. A man in a white shirt was screaming that a girl was at the window and that she was ready to jump. He ran towards her but riot police had appeared and pulled him back, and they went to her instead.
As soon as she dropped, the crowds pushed back and there was no way to see what happened to her. I remember hearing people screaming that there were more people in the building. The crowds started getting angry with each other, with one group blaming another group for starting the fire.
There were warnings of gas cylinders being fired into the crowd from riot police so I got out of there. I couldn’t get to my car so I had to walk, wrapping my camera in my clothes to avoid being mugged.
Reblogged from inothernews