As unrest continues in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and other areas throughout the country, the world is turning to social sites like Twitter and Facebook to find out what’s happening. YouTube is also serving as a hub for video footage of the looting, rioting and cleanup. Amateur and professional videos have poured into YouTube, many of which are featured on YouTube’s CitizenTube. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most shocking and popular YouTube videos of the riots in the UK.
The London Riots, for those of you that haven’t been paying attention to the news, began on August 6, 2011 in Tottenham, North London. The rioting began as a response following the fatal shooting of a local 29-year old man named Mark Duggan. What began as a peaceful protest quickly escalated into full blown looting and rioting. Check out the videos and share your thoughts about the situation in the comments below.
Godwin: ‘Riot police numbers will double’
Tim Godwin, Acting Police Commissioner, tells ITN News talks about the riots, saying that riot police numbers would be doubled, in a video that was uploaded to YouTube yesterday. The footage is shocking.
Clapham Junction looting
In this video, which has racked up over 400,000 views, Mark Stone from Sky News talks to some looters at Clapham Junction to find out why they’re doing what they’re dong. One looter tells him, “We’re getting our taxes back!”
Clapham Junction violence
Another video from Mark Stone features violence and looting in Clapham Junction, as looters break into and destroy local shops. He points out that while all this is going on he doesn’t see a single police officer.
London Riots – Scum steal from injured boy
Here’s a video that’s gotten over 1 million views. A few looters help up an injured boy, only to steal from him. What is the world coming to?
London on Fire: Video of Tottenham anti-police riot, bus blaze
A bus burns in front of the Tottenham Police station.
Fresh video of London riots: Crowd street rampage
Here’s another absolutely shocking video from Russia Today. Looters are bashing in the windows of stores that have got absolutely nothing to do with what they are protesting about. Can someone please explain to me what they think this utter chaos will accomplish?!
Cameron: ‘UK riots are sickening’
Prime Minister David Cameron reacts to the riots. He completely condemns the riots across the country, calling them “sickening.” Embedding has been disabled for this video. Click here to watch on YouTube.
London riots ‘have been mayhem’
Shopkeepers in Croydon respond to the riots and looting. One shop owner talks about how upsetting it is that there are people who would actually do something like this. He also talks about how much it will cost to fix all the damage was done. Embedding is also disabled for this video. Click here to watch on YouTube.
London Ruins: Aerial video of riot ‘warzone’ cleanup, homes destroyed
This aerial view of the damage done in London neighborhoods is absolutely shocking and appalling.
Riot Clean Up – volunteers speak out at site of Clapham riot
Yesterday a large group of Londoners came out to clean up some of the sites of the rioting. In this video, volunteers speak out about the riots as they try to undo at least some of the damage done by looting and disorder. They remind us that it is only a small group of people that are causing this damage and that there are still a lot of good people in London and the rest of the world. Kudos to these folks!
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.