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2011 England riots

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Firefighters put out a shop and flats destroyed by fire during the rioting in Tottenham, London

Rioting took place in several English cities, and towns, between 6 and 10 August 2011. Looting and arson also took place at this time. The riots started when a demonstration took place, on 6 August, about the police's shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, North London. It turned into a riot. Over the next few days, the riots spread to other places in London and then to other areas of England. The riots caused five deaths. 186 police officers were hurt. The University of Nottingham found that British people became more racist after the riots.[1]

Shooting of Mark Duggan[change | change source]

On 4 August, a police officer shot and killed 29-year-old Mark Duggan during a traffic stop on the Ferry Lane bridge next to Tottenham Hale station. Friends and relatives of Duggan said that he was unarmed, but he was carrying a gun which a man was convicted of supplying to him.

Causes[change | change source]

On 12 August, historian David Starkey blamed black gangster culture. He said that "whites have become black".[2] Max Hastings of the Daily Mail blamed a culture of welfare dependence.

References[change | change source]

  1. Taylor, Matthew (5 September 2011). "British public 'are more prejudiced against minorities after riots'" – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. Douglas, Torin (16 August 2011). "Complaints over Starkey's race comments" – via www.bbc.co.uk.