August 9, 2011

A couple of startling BBC clips of the level of violence in the riots of Britain. Growing youth unemployment, especially among minorities, stark austerity measures by government, rapidly growing income disparity all factor into what we're seeing. America ought to pay attention as it could be our future as well.

Two girls who took part in Monday night's riots in Croydon have boasted that they were showing police and "the rich" that "we can do what we want".

The pair who were drinking wine looted from a local shop at 09:30 BST on Tuesday morning, spoke to the BBC's Leana Hosea.

Amateur footage sent to the BBC appears to show a gang of youths charging at police in Woolwich during rioting in south London on Monday night.

The video was shot by Mike Jelves and shows the scene on Thomas Street at around 22:00 BST.

A large number of missiles are hurled towards officers who are forced to retreat back down the road they are attempting to block.

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