UK Riots

Summer of Sports Is a Missed Opportunity for Prisoners

Rod Clark | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

My fear is that the summer of sport will only be seen as the distraction that was hoped (I earnestly hope successfully) to prevent a summer of violence and disorder that comes when prisoners are just locked up and left to fail.

Ukraine Protesters Burn As Reporters Suggest Death Toll Could Rise

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK

Graphic images of protesters engulfed in flames, and police bombarded with rocks and Molotov cocktails, have emerged as reports come of more deaths in...

Should London's Police Use Water Cannons? (GRAPHIC PICTURE)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK

A German pensioner, blinded by a police water cannon, is set to address a public meeting in London debating the use of the cannons in Britain, after o...

No Riots Here: Why Tottenham Has Some Hope

Bansi Kara | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Bansi Kara

It's not often that you find yourself in the middle of what might turn into a hostile crowd at eight in the evening. It's not often that you watch press photographers jostling for position, surrounded by angry onlookers and see faces of people who have just been on the news. It's not often that happens to me and it's not often that it happens round the corner from my house. That's where I found myself this week after the verdict from the inquest on the death of Mark Duggan. When you live in Tottenham, that verdict - for the rest of the nation something to tweet about or to discuss in the office the next morning - becomes suddenly the source of consternation.

'Lawful' Shooting of Mark Duggan May Have Further Consequences

Polly Courtney | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Polly Courtney

>Mark Duggan was lawfully shot dead by police on 4 August 2011. The jury reached this verdict on Wednesday at the end of a 4-month inquest, contrary to expectations - at least by Duggan's family. The news prompted fears of another riot...

Mark Duggan Killing 'Was Lawful', Jury Finds

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Mark Duggan did not have a gun in his hand when he was shot by police, a jury has found, but ruled that his killing by a policeman was lawful by a maj...

Lord Ashdown 'Surprised' Recession Did Not Trigger More Riots

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Lord Ashdown has said he is "surprised" there have not been more riots as a result of the recession and warned Lib Dems they not immune to a surge in ...

Mark Duggan 'Clutched Mobile Phone, Not Gun'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Mark Duggan was clutching a mobile phone in his hand when he was shot dead by armed police, a witness has told an inquest into the 29-year-old's death...

Northern Ireland Loyalists Aren't British, They're Brutish

Brian John Spencer | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Here's the problem. Not only is there is no political opposition against dysfunction in the Northern Ireland Assembly. There's also no civic opposition against dysfunction on the streets of Northern Ireland. The best and the moderates lack all conviction. The worst are full of riotous passion.

Stand Up for Northern Ireland's Tahrir Square

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

We don't have a political opposition in Northern Ireland. We have one giant, self-serving, autocratic, aberrant sectarian mill. ...

Northern Ireland - No Satire, No Hope

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

We don't have a political opposition in Northern Ireland. We have one giant, self-serving, aberrant sectarian mill. Young people don't have jobs or a meaningful future and talking-clock politicians debating the tribal politics of Protestant versus Catholic. A remarkable historical anachronism in these days of enlightenment.

Sudan: Reform or Face Destruction

Olivia Warham | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Olivia Warham

Sudanese have plenty of reasons to demonstrate against the disastrous state of the country's finances; inflation is running at 40% and years of oil revenues have been frittered away. Beyond the capital, Khartoum, there has been little investment in infrastructure, education or heath facilities. Unemployment and under-employment have demoralised those millions who do not benefit from the crony capitalism that has sustained the ruling elite for decades.

How to Tell a Riot From a Rebellion

Vincent Brown | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK
Vincent Brown

Every year at this time, the UK celebrates its Caribbean heritage at the Notting Hill Carnival. The country also holds its collective breath, many worrying that the mass revelry could turn into a violent street fight. The event had its origins in trouble.

Why Do They Keep Shooting?: A Look at the Riot Officer's Mentality

Gil Kazimirov | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK
Gil Kazimirov

Why do individual riot officers who may sympathise with the causes of protesters continue to use force to suppress them? How can officers shoot at a protest that they could have been a part of, had they not chosen to become members of the police? They too experience injustices, have families that must be fed and educated and hold opinions on social and political issues.

Plant Village Is Reclaiming Control of Our Crops

Tom Ward | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Tech
Tom Ward

Plant Village is a unique social media site, enabling agriculturalists to easily and freely share information on crop disease in real time. With monthly page views of almost 170,000 unique visitors from 190 countries, Plant Village might just revolutionise the way we produce crops and the way we think about our food.

Northern Ireland's Shame - Not In My Name

Brian John Spencer | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Yes, young people in Northern Ireland aren't truly free. Religiosity and violence has retarded our education system, segregated communities and minds into green and orange, and viciously retarded the economy.

Belfast Riots Condemned as 'Mindless Anarchy' (PICTURES)

PA | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK

Fifty six police officers were injured during loyalist riots in Belfast city centre in a night of chaotic violence that Northern Ireland's Chief Const...

PICTURES: Belfast Loyalists Riot, Protesting Controversial Republican Parade

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK

Twenty six police officers were injured when serious loyalist rioting engulfed Belfast city centre in violence linked to a contentious republican para...

Two Years On: Has the Left Done Enough to Engage the Voices of the Riots Generation?

Holly Rigby | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Rigby

The Left is also in desperate need of cultural renewal. The riots community has an impressive counter-cultural scene to accompany its voices of resistance, and its spoken word poets, hip hop artists, graphic designers, film-makers and performers should play a leading role in shaping a new Left in London and throughout the UK.

Hague Urges Egypt To Free Morsi

PA | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK

Foreign Secretary William Hague today made a direct appeal to the Egyptian authorities to release ousted president Mohammed Morsi. In a phone call ...

Citizens First, Muslims Later: The Need to Redefine the Rohingya Muslim

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

A population of 800,000, this is a community which has been in international spotlight since 2012, when a riot broke out in Rakhine state of western Myanmar. Commentaries on the violence point to ethnic tensions between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims

Why We Can Expect More Riots This Summer

Polly Courtney | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK
Polly Courtney

The riots were the result of a tangled web of causes, inextricably linked and combining in such a way to create a 'perfect storm' on 6 August 2011. In order to assess whether more riots are on the cards, we need to look at these causes in turn and for each cause, ask ourselves this: Have things improved since 2011? Have we tackled the underlying problem?

Foreign Looter Allowed To Stay In UK 'Because Of Human Rights'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK

A foreign London riots looter has been told by immigration judges that he can stay in Britain as deporting him would breach his human rights. Derri...

I Went to Cover the Istanbul Protests and Got Arrested - Part 2

Andrew Hilliar | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK
Andrew Hilliar

It's late evening when I receive a text from someone I was sitting with earlier. "Police are coming, things are starting, watch out, we're running..." In front of me in Taksim Square, riot policemen are assembling alongside the infamous 'TOMA' riot control vehicles. Between them and thousands of heckling protesters, a group of activists are joining hands to form a human chain.

Youthquakes in Brazil Nothing New: Tropicalia Director Explains

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Christine Coco Jun

Facing imprisonment and exile, Tropicalia's music was their ultimate Molotov Cocktail against political oppression and traditional modes of self-expression. In search of answers, I decided to approach the director himself.