In ‘American Tinderbox‘ I warned that violence can flare up in tense cities without warning. Since then, the worst riots in London in decades flared over the weekend as gangs roamed the streets, looting stores and fighting with police. 160 people were arrested. It was the worst rioting in decades. The BBC reports:
Up to 200 youths looted shops and charged police in Coldharbour Lane and the High Street in Brixton, south London.
Fifty youths gathered in Oxford Circus, central London, and threw objects at shops and more than 30 youths vandalised and looted shops in Walthamstow, east London.A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said it received 445 emergency calls during Sunday night.Three fire engines were damaged and crews were called to nine large fires in Edmonton and three fires in Brixton.
It can happen here, too, and given our racial history and tensions, things could get very nasty very fast.