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"The scenario that played
out in London during August of 2011 shocked
everyone - it was completely unexpected
. A man was killed
in a confrontation with the police and this sparked
off a whole series of ugly scenes in the capital. No matter that windows were boarded
over and their doors locked
- looters still ransacked
many shops and stores.
It was regarded
as a complete breakdown of law and order and it is expected
that many questions will be asked
in Parliament about how the situation was allowed
to escalate so quickly.
Many people were troubled
by what appeared
to be a very weak response from the authorities. The riots multiplied
across the country into many other major cities. One local person complained
that "The politicians reduced
our youth project by 75%. We used
to work with gangs and organised
a workshop that brought police and young people together. This has now stopped