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100 held in 2nd night of rioting

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Police said on Monday they had arrested 100 people in a second night of rioting in London, condemning it as "copycat" disorder following weekend unrest sparked by the death of a man in a police shooting.

As violence that rocked the multi-ethnic northern district of Tottenham on Saturday spread to other districts of the capital, doubts emerged over the original version of the shooting of 29-year-old Mark Duggan, with suggestions that officers were not under attack when they opened fire.

Nine police officers were injured on Sunday as youths attacked shops, cars and threw objects at police in the southern district of Brixton, in Enfield, Walthamstow and Islington in the north, and on Oxford Street in the city center.

Police had braced themselves for "copycat criminal activity" following rioting in Tottenham on Saturday night, after several hundred people held a peaceful protest against Duggan's death.

Homes were torched, two police cars and a double-decker bus were set ablaze and shops looted in Tottenham in the worst such unrest in London for years, less than 12 months before the city hosts the Olympic Games.

At least nine police officers were injured overnight on Sunday, including three who were taken to a hospital after being hit by a speeding car, after 26 were hurt on Saturday.

"Officers responding to sporadic disorder in a number of boroughs made more than 100 arrests throughout last night and early this morning," Scotland Yard said on Monday, after 61 people were arrested on Saturday night.

"Officers are shocked at the outrageous level of violence directed against them," a police spokesman said.

Police deployed extra officers in flashpoint areas on Sunday night, but there was still widespread looting, with young men seen walking out of ransacked stores laden with electrical goods.

In Brixton, which like Tottenham has a long history of tensions with the police, hundreds of people raided an electrical superstore, a Foot Locker sporting goods store was set on fire, and several shops had their front windows smashed.

Surveying the damage on Monday morning, Marilyn Moseley, a 49-year-old sales adviser, condemned the Brixton riots, which had followed a free local street party.

"I heard the helicopters out last night after the street party. It was inevitable something would happen after people were out drinking all day. Anger isn't the word - it's pointless," she said.

Shops were also looted in Enfield, a north London suburb 5 kilometers from Tottenham, and there were reports of two vehicles being set on fire.

Unrest also erupted in Walthamstow, north London, where more than 30 youths, many in masks, vandalized shops.

About 50 youths also gathered in Oxford Circus, on the world-renowned Oxford Street shopping artery, causing some damage before police intervened.

The Tottenham riots erupted after a march in protest against Duggan's death on Thursday.

He was shot in an alleged exchange of gunfire with police as he traveled in a taxi after officers had stopped the car during an operation against gun crime in the black community. Police are investigating the death.


1. What is the name of the man whose death sparked the riots?

2. How many were arrested on Saturday?

3. Where did Sunday’s riots take place?


1. Mark Duggan.

2. 61.

3. Brixton, Islingon, Enfield and Oxford street.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

100 held in 2nd night of rioting

100 held in 2nd night of rioting

Todd Balazovic is a reporter for the Metro Section of China Daily. Born in Mineapolis Minnesota in the US, he graduated from Central Michigan University and has worked for the China Daily for one year.