The 2011 anti-cuts protest in London, also known as the March for the Alternative, was a demonstration held in Central London on March 26,2011 organised by the 'Trade Union Congress'(TUC) against planned public spending by the Conservative-Liberal-Democrat Government.(In May 2010, the UK Generak Election resulted in a 'Hung Parliament'. The centre-right Conservative Party and centrist Liberal Democrats entered into a coalition government. The Conservative Leader David Cameron became the PM and the Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg became the Dy.PM).More than 250,000 people have attended a march and rally in central London against public spending cuts
The government planned to slow the rate of public spending, saying that it was necessary to turn around the country's deficit. The TUC argues that spending reductions are unnecessary because the budget could be balanced with progressive taxes instead and indeed the deep cuts would depress the economy making deeper cuts necessary in the future.
Demonstrators marched from the Thames Embankment, via the Houses of parliament, to Hyde Park where a rally took place with speakers including the TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband, who addressed the assembled crowds.
London riots between Saturday 6th and Tuesday 9th August 2011: all incidents mapped in London and around the UK
The riots started last Saturday06.08.2011 in Tottenham ( people protested for killing of Mark Dunkan by Police Shooting) have since engulfed several other areas of London, with looting and damaged property reported in Hackney, Peckham, Lewisham, Clapham, Newham, Ealing, Bethnal Green, Chelsea, and Croydon. Looting and violence has also been reported in Birmingham and Liverpool.
This weekend's north London riots, the Daily Mail announced on Monday, were "fuelled by social media".
The first online gathering of people mourning – and soon vowing to avenge – the death of Tottenham resident Mark Duggan took place on 'Facebook' Some of those behind the page, which now boasts more than 7,500 fans, launched into action shortly before 10.30pm on Saturday evening – more than five hours after the first public show of protest, outside the police station on Tottenham High Road.At 10.45pm, when rioters set a double decker bus alight, the page posted: "Please upload any pictures or video's you may have from tonight in Tottenham.
'Twitter' was slightly more indicative: tweets about an attempt to target Sunday's Hackney Carnival were spotted by police and the event was abruptly cancelled.Scotland Yard warned on Monday afternoon that those "inciting violence" on the 140-character social network would not go unpunished.
However, the most powerful and up-to-the-minute rallying appears to have taken place on a more covert social network:BlackBerry Messenger(BBM).Majority (37%) of British teens use BlackBerry handsets – the smartphone of choice.BBM allows users to send one-to-many messages to their network of contacts and unlike Twitter or Facebook, many BBM messages are untraceable by the authoritie.
Smoke continues to rise from a Sony Warehouse which was destroyed by arsonists in Enfield in north London August 9, 2011
Rioters and looters hit Birmingham shops
Looters run from a clothing store in Peckham, London
Looters rampage through a convenience store in Hackney,East London
Police officers in riot gear block a road near a burning car on a street in Hackney, East London
Store blazes fiercely during looting in the Woolwich district of Southeast London
A property was burned near Reeves Corner in Croydon, London on 09.08.2011 Tuesday, as rioting continued throughout the city
Vandalised frontage of a bookmakers shop is seen after being attacked by rioters in Peckham, London
Firemen continue to dowse down buildings set alight during riots Tottenham, North London
An employee walks away from a damaged electrical shop which was attacked by looters overnight in Brixton, south London
Child rioters across Britain prompt one question: where were their parents?
Riot police charge past burning buildings on a residential street in Croydon,South London
Deployment of 16,000 police officers on Tuesday 09.08.2011 helped maintain the peace in London after three nights of severe riots. But the unrest spread north to the Greater Manchester area, Liverpool and the Midlands
“This violence and vandalism is disgraceful criminal behaviour,” - Labour leader Ed Miliband
Home Secretary Theresa May called the riots “sheer criminality,” and promised those involved would be brought to justice
Police Release CCTV Suspect Images
London is embroiled in a series of violent uprisings,locals blame the riots on political unrest, while politicians and police pin the blame on "criminal thugs."
Insured losses from the rioting and looting since the weekend could run into well over £100 million ($163.9 million), according to the Assn. of British Insurers. The London-based British Assn. of Insurance Brokers said most commercial insurance policies should cover property damage and business interruption.Businesses without property insurance can file a claim against the police under the Riot (Damages) Act, but such claims would be for property damage only and would not cover business interruption losses.Under the terms of U.K.’s 1886 Riot (Damages) Act, insurers can file a claim in the policyholder’s name against the police. Such claims must be filed within 14 days of an event.
Britain is calm after no major incidents of rioting were reported since 10.08.2011Wednesday night, mainly due to heavy police deployment and the vigil mounted by local communities
PM David Cameron told Parliament on 11.08.2011 Thursday rioters behind Britain's worst violence in decades would be tracked down and punished."The fightback has well and truly begun," he said in a statement to an emergency session of Parliament, telling rioters: "You will pay for what you have done."
One by one, rioters who ran amok on the streets of London and other cities are being arrested as police officials, aided by CCTV images, came knocking on doors from 11.08.2011Thursday morning even as courts sat through the night to dispense justice expeditiously
Several courts in England will stay open 24 hours a day to fast-track those already in custody for looting and disorder-related offences.Frenzied activity in magistrates courts across the country, as the long riot cleanup entered its judicial phase. More than 460 people have been charged in London alone in relation to the riots from 1,009 arrests, the Metropolitan police said; nationally more than 1,500 have been arrested.
What happened after the London riots
Social Media and TV came together to make pictures of rioters available to the public so as they could help the police
Honest declarations against the hatred and plunder filled a wall full of post-it's
Walls were filled with personal messages encouraging one and all to gather up the pieces and start afresh