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article imageRioters battle police in violent clash in United Kingdom

By Paul Magno     Aug 7, 2011 in World
A peaceful protest developed into one of the ugliest scenes in recent UK history as sections of London went up in flame and rioters clashed with police.
What was initially a peaceful gathering of about 30 citizens Saturday in north London to protest the police shooting death of an area man escalated into an ugly riot involving Molotov Cocktails, battles with police, and looting.
Within three hours, over 200 people had gathered at the site of the protest and the newcomers altered the mood from quiet outrage to seething anger as patrol cars, buildings, and a double-decker bus were set on fire and area stores were looted. The rioters also pelted police with bottles and rocks.
"We did not have warnings that we were going to see the kind of disorder being witnessed tonight," Cmdr. Stephen Watson told CNN. "We are aware of raised tensions in the community, which are understandable following the tragic death of Mark Duggan."
Mounted police and riot officers were brought in to control the crowd, but not before eight police officers were hurt and millions of pounds of property damage had been inflicted on the economically deprived area of London.
The protest was brought about by the killing of Mark Duggan, who died at the hands of the police in a gun battle earlier in the week. The 29-year-old was pulled from a taxi during a pre-planned police operation on Thursday and shot in an incident still under investigation.
The Tottenham area of London has been the subject of protests before as minorities have claimed unfair treatment at the hands of law enforcement.
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