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A different view: a look back at the 2011 London riots

The most powerful images of the London riots of August 2011.

Children watch from their window during riots in Hackney, east London.
Children watch from their window during riots in Hackney, east London.
Image: AP/Press Association Images

THE PICTURES APPEARING on our television screens this month from London offer a stark contrast to those of August 2011.

This time last year, the city experienced the worst violence, rioting and looting in decades after a protest over the shooting of a young, local man by police took a violent turn.

Hundreds of people were arrested during the five days of rioting, as well as in the months that followed.

Although the Olympic scenes are shining a positive light on London this month, there are still fears that some of the problems that sparked the events have not been dealt with.

Finding from a survey taken last week warned that a repeat outbreak is not out of the question. A mix of a fear of unemployment and boredom have been cited by young people as two of the biggest reasons for why people rioted – and why they could again.

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