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London riots trigger mixed reactions

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London riots trigger mixed reactions


The level of destruction left as youths ran riot on the streets of London have left many shocked and angry. Livelihoods and businesses have been destroyed and some families left homeless.

Euronews gauged reaction in Brixton, south London.

One woman standing outside a looted shop said:

“It’s disgusting, it’s disgusting, you know, at the end of the day it’s nothing to do with the guy who got shot.”

A fellow resident speculated on the future.” It’s going to take a while for people to settle down again and it’s going to be expensive to rebuild all these shops which have been ruined.”

One local man had sympathy with the rioters:

“Rioting in England never resolved no problem, but we just want to get heard, we want justice, we want a piece of the cake…. we live in Brixton and no body is giving us nothing. We are fed up now, and if people want to riot then riot cos we have had enough… you get me? I don’t agree with it but we have had enough man.”

Lee Jasper, who is a former adviser to the Mayor of London saw more of a social reason for the unrest.

“ When we don’t get justice what you see is an outrage of anger and an explosion of anger. Martin Luther King said it -if you don’t listen to the voice of the voiceless it will be heard, you may not like it when you hear it but it will be heard.”

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