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Jesus fuck, you guys.


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Some of my best friends live in Croydon, Peckham, Lewisham. Still more of my best friends have family in those areas, and are themselves unpleasantly close to the riots.

I've just been standing in the kitchen with my laptop, reading out the news to Middle Sister, her boyfriend and my mum as it breaks: eleven tube stations closed, burning all over Croydon, rioting shifting and moving over what seems like half the city.

This is my favourite place in the whole world and it's being burnt down. Rioting is scary enough but the arson is worse.
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Date: 2011-08-08 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hpstrangelove.livejournal.com
Wow, this makes me so sad. I pretty much ignore the news so this is the first I've heard of the problems.

And Kim and I were just in London until last Tuesday.

Date: 2011-08-09 06:21 am (UTC)
lokifan: Text "London", sepia Big Ben & stamps (London)
From: [personal profile] lokifan
It's really sad :( There was rioting on Saturday and Sunday night, but it was v minor compared to this...

Yeah. There are buildings that survived the Blitz being gutted by this.

Date: 2011-08-08 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] girlofavalon.livejournal.com
I've been watching the news. That's horrible! :(

Date: 2011-08-09 06:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
So horrible.

Date: 2011-08-08 10:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] woldy
I've had London's Burning earworm since Saturday night. I agree that the arson is much scarier than the looting - things burn really fast, and there are flats above a lot of these shops.

Date: 2011-08-09 06:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
I've had London's Burning earworm since Saturday night

Not surprised! And yeah, they seem to be setting fire to shops and not caring about the flats above, as in Croydon with the furniture shop. And these are *independent businesses* - it wouldn't be okay if it were, but this is nothing like the sit-in at Fortnum & Masons where it was a political thing.

Date: 2011-08-08 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cassie-black12.livejournal.com
It's completely insane, isn't it!

I was planning on an early night tonight, but I'm just glued to the screen right now. I honestly can't believe what I'm seeing!!

Date: 2011-08-09 06:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Completely. It's so shocking and inexcusable, and yet feels inevitable to me. :((

The stuff on the news showing the Croydon fires was unbelievable.

Date: 2011-08-08 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarletladyy.livejournal.com
It is really scary and so shocking. I cannot believe it is happening, and I'm so upset that it is :(

Date: 2011-08-09 06:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Yes. Exactly. :(

Date: 2011-08-09 12:50 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] thisgirl-is.livejournal.com
WTF are people like? I do not understand a mindset that collectively decided that the answer to a problem is to burn down everything. *baffled and a bit angry*

Date: 2011-08-09 06:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
:( I think it was just... righteous rage (over Mark Dugan) lit a fuse and now it's just mindless rage. Awful. And much as the classist tone of a lot of people condemning the violence annoys me, this is complete disregard for human life and the communities people live in. Bastards.

Date: 2011-08-09 06:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
*hugs back*

Date: 2011-08-09 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginger-veela.livejournal.com
I'm sorry this is happening to you and your friends. So scary. *hugs*

Date: 2011-08-09 06:38 am (UTC)
lokifan: Text "London", sepia Big Ben & stamps (London)
From: [personal profile] lokifan
Thanks :( *hugs back*

Date: 2011-08-09 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enchanted-jae.livejournal.com
That's so frightening. Stay safe, hon.

Date: 2011-08-09 06:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Will do! I'm not a Londoner, luckily, I just live close by. Although I was in Brixton (south London, near the riots) on Sunday night after a gig. Really glad it wasn't last night instead!!

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Date: 2011-08-09 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cydciedah.livejournal.com
Just got back from camping and this is what I return to! I don't live in London but it is my favorite place as well! I couldn't (still can't) believe my eyes when I saw the (many) news posts & pictures!
I'm in shock!!

Nowhere is safe from horrible ignorance :C

Date: 2011-08-09 06:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
:( I know, it's unbelievable.

Bastards. Revolutionaries don't burn the homes and livelihoods of the other people suffering.

Date: 2011-08-09 04:01 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ebilgatoloco.livejournal.com
D:

I can't believe this is happening. Stay safe, and I hope your friends are all okay.

Date: 2011-08-09 06:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Me neither :( And yet it feels weird inevitable.

Thanks. Everyone seems okay so far!

Date: 2011-08-09 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nenne.livejournal.com
This is just scary and very un-English isn't it? Who are these people with all this destruction in them? :(

Date: 2011-08-09 06:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Oh, it takes a lot to spark us, but we are excellent rioters once we get going :(

Date: 2011-08-09 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mslady-bug.livejournal.com
Why are people rioting?

Date: 2011-08-09 06:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
It started on Saturday night, when a peaceful protest at the shooting of a likely-unarmed man by police on Thursday got out of hand. At this point it's pretty much just mindless violence - the way violence can be contagious when people feel angry and trapped.

Date: 2011-08-09 04:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellensmithee.livejournal.com
Oh, man, that's just so scary. I thought it was over after what happened on the weekend.

Date: 2011-08-09 06:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Apparently they went for 'spreading violence' instead of the other thing :( I guarantee you half the rioters don't know Mark Dugan's name.

Date: 2011-08-09 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nixied.livejournal.com
I keep waking up to more and more, I'm honestly scared for friends and the innocent people in and around London. I don't care what it takes, the gov should send the army in if they have to, it just needs to stop before there's a body count.

Date: 2011-08-09 06:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
It's so scary :( I don't want the army to go in unless they have to, but if it happens again tonight... all the reports of people seeing their homes burning and no police in sight are so scary. And it's a miracle no one's died already - there were 26 people living in that building in Tottenham.

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Date: 2011-08-09 05:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yumekutteikt.livejournal.com
It's so heartbreaking to see what's happening in beautiful London so far. My prayer to your friends and others in those areas.

Date: 2011-08-09 06:18 am (UTC)
lokifan: Text "London", sepia Big Ben & stamps (London)
From: [personal profile] lokifan
Thank you, lovely. It is awful. While I firmly believe in putting the pain of people over the loss of heritage, I think it's very telling and sad that the building that was totally gutted by fire in Tottenham - which had 26 people living in it - had been around since the 30s. It survived the bloody Blitz.

Date: 2011-08-09 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ishtar79.livejournal.com
I hope your friends are ok and that this all settles down soon.

Date: 2011-08-09 06:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Thank you! Everyone seems to be okay so far.

Date: 2011-08-09 07:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-morland.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry this is happening! Hope your friends and their families are all right -- mindless rage can be contagious, like fire.

Date: 2011-08-09 08:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Thanks! My people seem safe so far, which is good - and tonight they're all staying in!

mindless rage can be contagious, like fire

This is so true. And seems to be more at the root of this than anything else.

Date: 2011-08-09 07:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lullabylily.livejournal.com
This is really scary!!! I hope everyone in London is staying safe!! London is my favourite city and it pains me to see it like that on that video footage!

Date: 2011-08-09 08:22 pm (UTC)
lokifan: Text "London", sepia Big Ben & stamps (London)
From: [personal profile] lokifan
SO scary :( It's a miracle no one seems to have died yet.

London is my favourite city and it pains me to see it like that on that video footage!

Me too. Exactly.

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Date: 2011-08-09 07:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thepretender501.livejournal.com
Scary stuff. I'll keep you, you're friends and family in my thoughts and prayers. I dont really understand it but I hope this ends soon.

Date: 2011-08-09 07:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Thank you, darling, that's much appreciated. :(

And there's really nothing to understand... this isn't like the Athens rioting over government cuts or the Paris rioting over government racism, even though both are likely involved. The rioters don't even think of themselves as revolutionaries, it seems like, they're just attacking.

Date: 2011-08-09 09:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shapinglight
The arson is the worst thing. It scares me silly.

Date: 2011-08-09 07:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Totally agreed :( Opportunistic looting is bad and could wreck these businesses (particularly since I understand rioting is an Act of God type thing under the insurance) but it's not going to ACTUALLY KILL anyone.

Date: 2011-08-09 09:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elainemalfoy.livejournal.com
This makes me so sad. I hope your friends are alright and that this settles down soon :(

*squishes you*

Date: 2011-08-09 07:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Thanks darling. I think since everyone was all right last night, it will be okay - anyone with any sense is off the streets by now - but yeah. Sad-making.

Thanks for the squishes!!

Date: 2011-08-09 09:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ariadneelda.livejournal.com
I was quite shocked to hear about this last night. Just last Saturday when I was leaving London, the city seemed so quiet. And right after... wow. Riots tend to happen in Athens with probably too much frequency - a lot have happened only this year - but now they seem almost mild compared to this thing in London. Too much rage must have been boiling under the surface for quite a while. The fires are horrible. :(

I hope you and your friends stay safe! <3

Date: 2011-08-09 08:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
I'm not surprised you're shocked! We're not like Athens or Paris, but... yeah, a lot of rage. On the other hand, this isn't a political riot any more, really. It's just rage and opportunism. Which I'm sure is part of why it's so severe.

Thanks. Everyone's off the streets now, I think!

Date: 2011-08-09 09:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melusinahp.livejournal.com
Pretty scary stuff. I don't know if it's connnected, but there's a Mercedes with its lights on and it doors unlocked surrounded by spilled drugs and phials on the street outside our house.

Ah London.

Date: 2011-08-09 07:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
And we thought your area was so suburban and lovely when we came!!

And yet, still my favourite. But yeah... charming.

Date: 2011-08-09 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hyperdarkchoc92.livejournal.com
This is so scary. I hope your friends are okay.
They keep saying on the news that they're planning to riot in Southampton as well D:
*hugs tight*

Date: 2011-08-09 08:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
It is! My friends are all okay so far, though.

:( Bugger.

*hugs you back EXTRA-tight*
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