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2011년 8월 9일 화요일

영국 폭동: Violent Riot in London

전쟁, 민족간 충돌, 분쟁, 싸움, 미움, 분노, 파괴, 살육, 성범죄, 동성애 문제 등등 .... 인간의 삶 속에 온갖 부정적이고 파괴적이며 파멸로 치닫는 불상사가 끊이지 않고 있다. 이에 더하여 지구 온난화의 결과 생태 환경의 변화와 기후로 인한 피해는 점차 도를 더해가 지구는 살기에 어려운 환경으로 변하고 있다.

세계의 구석 구석에서 벌어지고 있는 일이 인터넷을 통하여 실시간으로 알려지면서 보기에 딱하고 험한 내용들로 인하여 우리의 마음은 더욱 매말라 가고 황폐해지어 평범하고 별일 없는 시절은 없어지고 가슴 졸이며 불안한 마음으로 힘들게 살아 가고 있다. 지난 주말부터 시작한 영국에서의 젊은이들의 폭동이 일파만파로 번져 가고 있다. 미국의 신용평가가 AAA에서 AA로 한 단계 하향되어 전세계의 주식 시장을 패닉 상황으로 몰아 가고 있다. 그간의 온갓 경기 회복을 위한 조치가 물거품이 되어 다시금 불황을 이겨내지 못하고 주저 앉지 않나 하는 불안감이 팽배하면서 세계적으로 경기 회복에 대한 불안이 휩쓸고 있다.

영국을 위시하여 AAA의 나라가 수 개 국이 있지만 미국을 대신할 리더가 없는 가운데 안정적인 투자 대상은 거의 보이질 않아 결국 금 값만 천정부지로 치솟고 있다. 2008년 Lehman Brothers의 몰락을 기점으로 폭락을 하였던 주식 시장( 2009년 3월 다우 존스 지수 최저점 6,626)이 그 후 2년 여에 걸쳐 80% 이상의 엄청난 상승을 하였다. 이렇다 할 경제 회복의 기미가 안 보이는 가운데 보인 상승폭은 모두의 예상을 뛰어 넘었다. 최근 몇 달도 경기 선행지수나 고용 시장이 이렇다 할 호전을 보이지 않았음에도 상당한 내성을 보였었다. 지난 달 미 의회의 Debt Ceiling 문제에 대한 장기간의 논쟁은 국내외에 상당한 불신을 심었었다. Dead line인 8월 2일에 가까스로 합의를 이끌어 내었는데도 주식 시장은 그런대로 버티고 있었다. 그러나 Chartist라면 이미 예견했다고 생각되는데 최근의 다우존스는 7월 초와 말에서 쌍봉을 이루고 있었고 최고점 돌파 시도가 불발로 끝나면서 그동안 기다렸던 기술적 조정 국면이 이번 미국에 대한 하향 결정을 기점으로 시작하였다고 본다.  2010년 8월의 최저점이었던 10,000 선까지는 일단 하강하고 그 선에서 상당한 저항은 있으리라 생각된다.

미국의 경제 상황은 오바마 정부 출범 이래 의료 개혁 등 큰 이쓔마다 공화당의 반대에 봉착하고 월가의 몰락을 시작으로 부동산 시장의 버블이 무너지면서 자동차 산업의 붕괴와 9.5% 를 넘는 실업율 게다가 설상가상으로 부채가 산더미 처럼 불어 새로운 부채 상한선을 놓고 그야말로 치열한 공방전을 주고 받으면서 경제는 Double Dip의 최악의 상황에 처하고 있음은 주지의 사실이었다. 신용평가의 하락으로 예상되는 이자율과 자본 비용의 상승 등은 미국으로는 감수하여야 할 상황으로 다소 영향은 받지만 새삼스러운 것은 아니었다. 항상 그렇듯이 주식 시장의 마지막 호황기에야 무분별한 투자를 시도하는 일반 투자자들은 이번에도 막차를 타면서 많은 손실을 보고 있다.

영국도 경제 사정이 안 좋기는 마찬가지인데 그간에 불황으로 실직하고 있던 젊은 계층에서 애꿎은 죽음을 목격한 것이 기폭제로 쌓였던 분노가 정부를 상대로 폭발하였다. 방화, 약탈, 그리고 경찰과의 충돌로 무정부 상태 같은 시가지들이 늘어나고 있다. 사망자도 나왔다고 하는데 영국 정치가들이 묘안을 내 놓지 못하면 당분간 혼란스런 상황이 계속되리라고 본다. 일할 직장의 마련과 저들의 요구 사항을 만족시켜야 하는 난제는 쉽게 풀리기는 어려워 보인다.


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London reels from riots
British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday police will crack down hard to quell a wave of rioting and looting across London over the past three nights — the worst violence in the British capital in decades.

Citing "sickening scenes," Cameron announced that 16,000 police officers would be deployed on London's streets on Tuesday — up from 6,000 on Monday night.
Cameron, who cut short his summer vacation in Italy and recalled Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis, also promised "even more robust police action."
"This is criminality pure and simple and it needs to be confronted," he added. "Justice will be done and these people will see the consequences of their actions. If you are old enough to commit these crimes, you are old enough to face the punishment."
As calls mounted for stronger measures, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said police would consider using baton rounds — rubber or plastic bullets.  These have been used in Northern Ireland and while they are seen as a non-lethal alternative, they have caused deaths in the past.
With a show of force and prayer, London fights back
The wave of violence and looting raged across London spread to three other major British cities on Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.
In London, groups of young people set buildings, vehicles and garbage dumps alight, looted stores and pelted police officers with bottles and fireworks. The spreading disorder was an unwelcome warning of the possibility of violence for leaders organizing the 2012 Summer Olympics in less than a year.

The International Olympic Committee insisted it had confidence in British authorities. "Security at the Olympic Games is a top priority for the IOC," spokesman Mark Adams said.
The Football Association, meanwhile, called off England's friendly against Netherlands at Wembley on Wednesday because of the widespread rioting and looting in the capital.

England's players also issued a statement on Tuesday, saying: "We have all seen the terrible pictures on television and the most important thing at this time is the safety of the fans and the general public.
"At this time the whole squad would like to appeal for calm and an end to this disorder."
West Ham, a football team in east London, confirmed it had canceled a match planned for Tuesday as a precaution.
Neighborhoods across the capital faced a massive clean-up of smashed glass, bricks, bottles and gutted buildings as police reinforcements reclaimed the streets from the youths.
On Monday, police made a rare decision to deploy armored vehicles in some of the worst-hit districts. However, authorities still struggled to keep pace with the chaos unfolding at flashpoints across London, in the central city of Birmingham — where a police station was set ablaze — the western city of Bristol and the northwestern city of Liverpool.
Authorities acknowledged that major new bouts of violence had badly stretched their resources.
"The violence we have seen is simply inexcusable," police Commander Christine Jones said. "Ordinary people have had their lives turned upside down by this mindless thuggery."
'Come join the fun' The riots appeared to have little unifying cause — though some involved claimed to oppose sharp government spending cuts, which will slash welfare payments and cut tens of thousands of public sector jobs through 2015.
Others appeared attracted simply by the opportunity for violence. "Come join the fun," shouted one youth, racing along a street in the east London suburb of Hackney, where shops were attacked and cars torched.
Rioters were left virtually unchallenged in several neighborhoods and able to plunder from stores at will or attempt to invade homes. Restaurants and stores fearful of looting closed early across London.

Witnesses were told of numerous cases of car theft by groups of looters.
Disorder flared throughout the night, from gritty suburbs along the capital's fringes to central London's famously ritzy Notting Hill neighborhood. London's Ambulance Service said it had treated 16 patients, of whom 15 were hospitalized.
Police said 525 people had been arrested and more than 100 people charged with offenses. Sky News reported that London's jail cells were full so suspects were being taken to police stations outside of the capital.
At one point, the London fire brigade said it was running out of vehicles to tackle fires started by the rioters.

Violence first broke out late Saturday in the low-income, multiethnic district of Tottenham in north London, where outraged protesters demonstrated against the fatal police shooting of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four who was gunned down in disputed circumstances Thursday.
Police said Duggan was shot dead last week when police from Operation Trident — the unit that investigates gun crime in the black community — stopped a cab he was riding in.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is investigating the shooting, said a "non-police firearm" was recovered at the scene, and media reports said a bullet had been found in an officer's radio. However, the Guardian newspaper reported that the bullet in the radio was police-issue, indicating Duggan may not have fired at the officer.

Duggan's partner, Semone Wilson, insisted Monday that her fiance was not connected to gang violence and urged police to offer more information about his death. But she rejected suggestions that the escalating riots were linked to protests over his death. "It got out of hand. It's not connected to this anymore. This is out of control," she said.
Duggan's death stirred old animosities and racial tensions similar to those that prompted massive riots in the 1980s, despite efforts by London police to build better relations with the city's ethnic communities after high-profile cases of racism in recent decades.

But, as the unrest spread, some pointed to rising social tensions in Britain as the government slashes 80 billion pounds ($130 billion) from public spending by 2015 to reduce the huge deficit, swollen after the country spent billions bailing out its foundering banks.
Party masks stolen A massive blaze ravaged a 100-year-old family run furniture store in Croydon and sent thick plumes of smoke into the air, forcing nearby homes to be evacuated. In the Clapham Junction area of south London, a mob stole masks from a party store to disguise their identities and then set the building on fire.
Sony Corp. said a major blaze had broken out at its distribution center near Enfield, north London, damaging stocks of DVDs and other products. So many fires were being fought in the capital that Thames Water, which supplies most of London, warned that some of its customers could see their water pressure drop.


Dozens of people attacked shops in Birmingham's main retail district, and clashed with police in Liverpool and Bristol.
In London's Hackney, hundreds of youths left a trail of burning trash and shattered glass. Looters ransacked a small convenience store, filling plastic shopping bags with alcohol, cigarettes, candy and toilet paper.
"We ain't got no jobs, no money. We heard that other people were getting things for free, so why not us?" asked E. Nan, a young man wearing a baseball cap.
Opposition lawmaker Diane Abbott, who represents Hackney, told reporters that the area was "like a war zone" on Monday afternoon.
"These youths are trashing their community," she added. "It's a very tragic situation."
In nearby Dalston, business owners were seen wielding baseball bats to prevent looting.
East London's diversity was on display amid the charred hulks of cars and the smell of burning plastic. Some looters were young women with manicured nails and customized BlackBerry smart phones. Others wore dreadlocks and stained shirts or appeared to be homeless.
"This is the uprising of the working class. We're redistributing the wealth," said Bryn Phillips, a 28-year-old self-described anarchist, as young people emerged from the store with chocolate bars and ice cream cones.

Metropolitan Police officers hold bags containing a pair of Nike shoes and Hugo Boss clothing including jeans, shirts, a coat and a bag during a raid on a property on the Churchill Gardens estate in Pimlico during Operation Woodstock on Aug. 11, in London, England. Over 1,000 people have been arrested since rioting began Aug. 6. Police have started to raid properties across the capital as they round up people suspected of involvement in the rioting and recover stolen property.

Metropolitan Police officers arrest a suspect after carrying out a raid on a property on the Churchill Gardens estate in Pimlico in London on Aug. 11 during Operation Woodstock. Police hope to recover property stolen during the recent civil disturbances in the capital. Police began raiding houses across London to make arrests over the riots that rocked the British capital, with more than 100 warrants issued already, a senior Scotland Yard officer said.

Community members lay flowers at the scene of a hit and run following civil disturbances in the Winson Green area on Aug. 11 in Birmingham, England. Police are continuing investigations after three people - reportedly trying to protect shops from rioting and looting in Dudley Road - were struck by a car.

Tarmiq Jahan, father of Haroon Jahan, gives a statement to the media near the crime scene where Haroon and two other Asian men were hit by a car and killed in the early hours in Birmingham, central England, on Aug. 10.

Police officers search the crime scene where Haroon Jahan and two other Asian men were hit by a car and killed in the early hours in Birmingham, England, on Aug. 10.

Police officers detain a man in Eltham, south London, on Aug. 10.

Police officers question men during a routine stop and search operation on Aug. 10 in Hackney, north London. An eerie calm prevailed over most of London as night fell, with a highly visible police presence throughout the city.

Azim Mohamed looks at the charred remains of his business on Wednesday, Aug. 10, following disturbances in north London early Wednesday morning.

People clean up the Manchester city center, on Wednesday, following a fourth night of violence in Britain.

Hundreds of messages of support from the community of Peckham are seen posted on a looted storefront in south London Wednesday.

Men angry about recent rioting and looting come out in Eltham to protect their properties on Wednesday.

Police restrain a man in Manchester Tuesday after trouble in the city center.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, left, talks with Leon Fearon, right, 19, from Lewisham, during a tour Tuesday of the devastation in riot-hit Clapham, south London.

A rioter walks through a burning barricade in Liverpool on Tuesday.

Police stand guard at the Mailbox shopping and hotel complex in the Birmingham City Center on Monday.
Police detain a man in central Birmingham, central England on Tuesday, August 9. Looting and clashes with police continued for a third day after police shot and killed Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four, during an attempted arrest, on Aug. 4.
London riots spread


A neighbor cries as she looks at the aftermath left by the riots in the area of Clapham in London on Tuesday.
An aerial photograph shows the London Road devastation just north of Croydon town on Tuesday, in London.
London residents wait to be allowed through a police cordon to help council workers with the clear up after the rioting that took place the previous night outside Clapham Junction railway station in Battersea, London on Tuesday.
London residents launch a clean-up operation around Hackney Town Hall to clear up after the rioting that took place the previous night on Tuesday.
Looters carry boxes out of a home cinema shop in central Birmingham, England on Tuesday.
Aerial photograph taken north east of the centre of London where the Sony distribution centre in Enfield is engulfed in fire on Tuesday in London England. Looting and clashes with police continued for a third day after police shot and killed Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four, during an attempted arrest, on Aug. 4.
Remains of destroyed vehicles are removed from streets in Hackney, north London, on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Looting and clashes with police continued for a third day after police shot and killed Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four, during an attempted arrest, on Aug. 4.
Firefighters battle a large blaze that broke out in shops and homes in the London neighborhood of Croydon on Aug. 9. Britain's capital saw some of the worst violence in decades after riots broke out in the north London area of Tottenham on Aug. 6.


HQ Riot In Tottenham (London, England) 07/08/2011




Police patrol the streets as a large fire engulfs shops and homes in Croydon on Aug. 9.

A woman jumps from a burning building on Surrey Street during rioting in Croydon, south London, on Aug. 8.

Police arrest a man as rioters gather in Croydon, south London, on Monday, Aug. 8.

Looters run from a clothing store in Peckham, London, on Aug. 8.


London riots spread




Police clear an area in London's Ealing neighborhood while patrolling the streets on Aug. 8.

Looters rummage through a convenience store in Hackney, east London, on Aug. 8.

An injured man is treated by medical staff after being arrested for looting in an electronic shop in south London on Aug. 8.

A police officer helps an injured colleague as rioters gather in Croydon, south London, on Aug. 8.


Further riots in London as violence spreads across England 09/08/2011




Residents flee Clarence Road in Hackney, north London, on Aug. 8.

A resident films a police officer on his mobile phone during disturbances in Hackney, north London, on Aug. 8.

Police officers in riot gear block a road near a burning car in Hackney, north London, on Aug. 8.

People loot a Carhartt store in Hackney, north London, on Aug. 8.

A girl is detained outside Currys electrical store in Brixton, south London, on Aug. 8.

Youths throw bricks at police in Enfield, north London, on Sunday, Aug. 7.

Police cordon off an area in Enfield, north London, on Aug. 7.

A police officer patrols as firemen dowse buildings set ablaze during riots in Tottenham, north London, on Aug. 7.

Residents watch as a building burns after riots in Tottenham, north London, on Aug. 7.

Aaron Biber, 89, assesses damage to his hairdressing salon after riots on Tottenham High Road, north London, on Aug. 7.

Police officers wearing riot gear stand in front of a burning building in Tottenham, north London, on Aug. 7.

A double decker bus burns as riot police try to contain a large group of people on a main road in Tottenham, north London, on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Police in riot gear block face a mass of youths as a car burns on a road in north London

Riot police deployed in Hackney during the third day of violence

Rioters drag garbage bins towards a burning car in Hackney. More than 200 people have been arrested and 30 policemen injured since riot began.

A shop is looted in Hackney. Youth set fire in shops and vehicles in a host of areas of London and clashed with police in the city of Birmingham.

A damaged police vehicle is pictured in Enfield, North London. About 35 police officers have been injured since the riot began in Tottenham area after a protest of the death of a men in a police shooting.

The damaged window of a retail store is pictured in Enfield.

A man carries a toy along a Hackney street on which cars burn.

Police stands guard near a burning car in Hackney as rioting in British cities escalates.

A photographer holds his head after he was attacked by protesters in Hackney.

A riot police officer is standing near a burning car in Hackney.

Firefighters tackle an arson fire in Croydon, London

Flames engulf buildings near Reeve's Corner in Croyden, South London.

Firefighters douse the remains of charred homes and shops in Croyden, London.
 
Police officers stand near a burnt-out shop in Clapham Junction in South London after rioting swept through the city in the third consecutive nights.


Tottenham, London Riots coverage | BBC News | 7th August 2011


London Street Battles: Video of mad clashes, riots out of control


London Looting Disturbances Spread To East and South London


London Riots coverage | Day 3 | SKY NEWS | 8th August 2011


Police Overrun in Woolwich -London Riots 8/8/11


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