The riots that are continuing in London right now started small. A black man carrying an illegal firearm in his car was shot by police. Cab driver Mark Duggan, was carrying the gun and died as a result of a gunshot fired by a London officer. Citing racism, a fight broke out and has now spread through many parts of the city and other parts of England.
But now, a couple of days later, it seems the riots are continuing for all the wrong reasons (if there are right reasons to riot because they rarely accomplish anything other than destroy the neighborhoods of those rioting). With well over 500 arrests so far (including an 11-year-old), rioters say they are enjoying themselves, and looting stores for all sorts of goodies from expensive electronics to wine. In an interview with BBC America, two teenage girls said they hoped the riots would continue into another night, while drinking stolen wine as they were interviewed.
"This is rich people's fault," one said. "And we want to show police that we can do what we want." "Have you been drinking all night?" the interviewer asked. "Yes," one replied. They plan on drinking their stolen drinks all day. "It's free!" one of them said. They described the situation as "fun" and a payback to society in general. Young rioters have beaten people, burned down shops and buildings and one 26 year old man was found shot to death in his car. Many others are in hospital with serious injuries.
So why are these people rioting? Some interviewed said they didn't even know what was going on or they had heard a black man was shot and consequently joined the fighting. Others admitted they were angry at society in general and wanted to show their anger at the world. Anarchists and anti-establishment movements in London said their time was now. Commentators and bloggers have lashed out at the young rioters, calling them thugs and criminals. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised that justice will be served against the rioters.
Others have been more understanding.