The world has watched in amazement and horror as riots have spread through London and other parts of England during the beginning of August. The riots started after British police shot and killed Mark Duggan, 29, in Tottenham. Police said Duggan made a move that indicated he was going to draw a weapon on them, so they shot him; so far, investigators have been unable to prove that Duggan’s gun had been fired. British sociologists and others have blamed the continuation of the riots on larger social problems in British society. This is not the first time the world has watched cities flame up under the anger of their own citizens.
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NEW! England riots: Maps and timelines
This website has a comprehensive look at the still unsettled situation in England. It has a timeline, interactive maps and links to stories, photos, videos and audio about the riots. The site is updated as developments occur.
As France Curbs Unrest, Questions Linger (find it on ipl2!)
In 2005, riots spread through France. They were triggered by the deaths of young people, but they soon spread through communities and were blamed on underlying issues about immigration and racism.
NEW! The Fire this Time
Like the London riots, the Los Angeles riots of 1992 were caused by the interaction of police and a citizen. In LA, police were videotaped beating a man during a traffic stop. The city rioted for six days after three of the officers were acquitted and the jury failed to reach a verdict about the fourth officer.
NEW! Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests
Other recent riots have been caused by political unrest and a desire to change governments. Angry citizens in Tunisia, Egypt, and other parts of the Middle East rose up in protest in 2011. This website traces those events with an interactive timeline.
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