Cops flood London streets

2011-08-10 07:49

London - Thousands of extra police officers flooded into London on Wednesday in a bid to end Britain's worst rioting in a generation. An eerie calm prevailed in the capital, but unrest spread across England on a fourth night of violence driven by diverse and brazen crowds of young people.

Scenes of ransacked stores, torched cars and blackened buildings frightened and outraged Britons just a year before their country is to host next summer's Olympic Games, bringing demands for a tougher response from law enforcement. Police across the country have made more than 1 100 arrests since the violence broke out over the weekend.

In London, where armoured vehicles and convoys of police vans patrolled the streets, authorities said there would be 16 000 officers on duty - almost triple the number present on Monday. They said a large presence would remain in the city through the next 24 hours at least.

The show of force seems to have worked.

"Without wishing to speak too soon it's been reasonably quiet for us so far tonight," London's Fire Brigade said in a message posted to Twitter earlier in the evening. "Let's hope it stays that way."

Spreading chaos

But outside the capital, chaos was spreading.

In the northwestern city of Manchester, hundreds of youths - some looking as young as 10 - rampaged through the city centre, hurling bottles and stones at police and vandalizing stores. A women's clothing store on the city's main shopping street was set ablaze, along with a disused library in nearby Salford.

Manchester's assistant chief constable Garry Shewan said looting and arson had taken place there on an unprecedented scale.

"We want to make it absolutely clear - they have nothing to protest against," he said. "There is nothing in a sense of injustice and there has been no spark that has led to this."

Britain's riots began on Saturday when an initially peaceful protest over a police shooting in London's Tottenham neighbourhood turned violent. That clash has morphed into a general lawlessness in London and several other cities that police have struggled to halt.

Torched stores

While the rioters have run off with sneakers, bikes, electronics and leather goods, they also have torched stores apparently just for the fun of seeing something burn. They were left virtually unchallenged in several neighbourhoods, and when police did arrive they often were able to flee quickly and regroup.

With police struggling to control the violence, some residents stood guard to protect their neighbourhoods. Outside a Sikh temple in Southall, west London, residents stood guard and vowed to defend their place of worship if mobs of young rioters appeared. Another group marched through Enfield, in north London, aiming to deter looters.

In a potentially troublesome development, one far-right group said that about 1 000 of its members around the country were taking to the streets to deter rioters.

"We're going to stop the riots - police obviously can't handle it," Stephen Lennon, leader of the far-right English Defence League, told The Associated Press. He warned that he couldn't guarantee there wouldn't be violent clashes with rioting youths.

Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed to the bombing and massacre that killed 77 people in Norway last month, has cited the EDL as an inspiration.

Meanwhile virtually every major city in England was seeing some form of unrest.


In the central England city of Nottingham, police said rioters hurled firebombs though the window of a police station, and set fire to a school and a vehicle outside a second police station - but there were no reports of injuries. A total of 90 people were arrested in attacks on stores, a college, a community centre and cars.

About 250 people were arrested after two days of violence in Birmingham - where police have launched a murder investigation after two men were killed and another critically injured in a traffic collision. It wasn't immediately clear if the deaths were linked to the rioting. Police are also looking into unconfirmed reports of shots fired in a restive inner-city neighbourhood.

In the northern city of Liverpool, about 200 youths hurled missiles at police and firefighters in a second night of unrest, and the area's police force reported 44 arrests.

There also were minor clashes for the first time in the central and western England locations of Leicester, Wolverhampton, West Bromwich, Bristol, and the western city of Gloucester - where police and firefighters tackled a blaze and disturbance in the city's Brunswick district.

In London, stores, offices and nursery schools had closed early on Tuesday evening amid fears of fresh rioting. Several usually busy streets were quiet as cafes, restaurants and pubs also decided to shut down for the night.


Many shops had their metal blinds pulled down, while other business owners rushed to secure plywood over their windows before nightfall.

In east London's Bethnal Green district, convenience store owner Adnan Butt, 28, said the situation was still tense.

"People are all at home - they're scared," he said.

Senior officers said they were considering the possible use of plastic bullets - blunt-nosed projectiles designed to deal punishing blows to rioters without penetrating the skin. Such weapons, formally called baton rounds, still are used to quell riots in Northern Ireland but have never been used by police on Britain's mainland.

Prime Minister David Cameron's government rejected calls by Conservative lawmaker Patrick Mercer and some members of the public for strong-arm riot measures that British police generally avoid, such as tear gas and water cannons.


"They should have the tools available and they should use them if the commander on the ground thinks it's necessary," Mercer said.

The disorder has caused heartache for Londoners whose businesses and homes were torched or ransacked, and a crisis for police and politicians already staggering from a spluttering economy and a scandal over illegal phone hacking by a tabloid newspaper that has dragged in senior politicians and police.

"The public wanted to see tough action. They wanted to see it sooner and there is a degree of frustration," said Andrew Silke, head of the criminology department at the University of East London.

So far 768 people have been arrested in London and 167 charged - including an 11-year-old boy - and the capital's prison cells were overflowing. Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said it had teams of lawyers working 24 hours a day to help police decide whether to charge suspects, allowing them to quickly clear police station cells.

A total of 111 officers and 14 members of the public have been hurt so far in the rioting, including a man in his 60s who was attacked as he attempted to put out a fire started by members of a mob.

Grave assault

Police said the injured man had been tackling a blaze in a garbage bin, when he was set upon by several rioters. "It was quite a grave assault and his condition is causing us some concern," said police commander Simon Foy.

The unrest has been Britain's worst since race riots set London ablaze in the 1980s.

A soccer match scheduled for Wednesday between England and the Netherlands at London's Wembley stadium was cancelled to free up police officers for riot duty. Britain's soccer authorities said they were in talks with police to see whether this weekend's season-opening matches of the Premier League could still go ahead in London.

Prime Minister David Cameron cut short a holiday in Italy to deal with the crisis, reversing an earlier decision to remain on his vacation. He recalled Parliament from its summer recess for an emergency debate on the riots on Thursday.

Cameron described the scenes of burning buildings and smashed windows as "sickening," but refrained from tougher measures such as calling in the military to help restore order.

Restoring order

"People should be in no doubt that we will do everything necessary to restore order to Britain's streets and to make them safe for the law-abiding," Cameron told reporters after a crisis meeting at his Downing Street office.

Other politicians visited riot sites on Tuesday - but for many residents it was too little, too late.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was booed by crowds who shouted "Go home!" in Birmingham, while London Mayor Boris Johnson - who flew back overnight from his summer vacation - was heckled on a shattered shopping street in Clapham, south London.

Johnson said the riots would not stop London from "welcoming the world to our city" for the Olympics.

"We have time in the next 12 months to rebuild, to repair the damage that has been done," he said. "I'm not saying it will be done overnight, but this is what we are going to do."

The violence had its genesis in the fatal police shooting of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four who was gunned down in Tottenham on Thursday under disputed circumstances. But the rioters who've taken to the streets since Sunday have been extremely diverse - those in central England appeared to be mostly white and working class.

  • Majozi - 2011-08-10 08:06

    I use to read on these blogs by White SA that Black Africans are babaric when rioting and looting and are now happy that this is happening right in London and by the Whities...So there is no longer African babarics ok.

      Bettysue - 2011-08-10 08:20

      Dunno which channel you are watching, Majozi - but I see white,black,asian, girls, guys...just hooligans really.

      SoulF - 2011-08-10 08:28

      Majozi I'm not sure if you have seen any footage but the riots were started by a majority black contingent. So you are right that it is happening in London and yes some whites are partaking but mostly it is black African immigrants that are causing the most of the destruction. If you see the people who gather the next day to clean up all mess they are mainly white. I didn't bring up the race card, you did. - 2011-08-10 08:34

      Why is this a white vs black issue again? They are all barbaric, doesn't matter whether they are white, black, pink, red, yellow,in South Africa or in London! They have no respect for others or themselves. They are stealing like common criminals and vandalising for fun, much like the strikers in South Africa. In condemning this behaviour no one should care whether they are in London or Gauteng, white or black. Are we turning into a global Planet of the Apes!

      cromagnon - 2011-08-10 08:35

      Once again, an example of someone not inteLligent enough to host an opinion, yet you do so. Did you even watch the broadcast? Was anyone beaten to death and raped multiple times? Was anyone burned with boiling water? Shot execution style?

      calvin jackson - 2011-08-10 08:39

      Both of you should get over yourselves and forget about white and black... No1 mentioned anything about race, have you looked at any pictures? Its whites and blacks in this riot! And go find a news paper articles that refers to blacks as barbaric, I would like to see this... Otherwise sit down and shut up cos ur doing nothing to promote a united future. Your older generation would be ashamed of your segregated ways... Idiots

      Shane - 2011-08-10 09:00

      South African Whites are a different culture to these animals. Also the rioters are mainly ethnic minorities. POINT BEING: You dont see SOUTH AFRICAN WHITES, acting like this.

      joelle.niven - 2011-08-10 09:02

      How pathetic are you? Why does it always need to come down to race? Are you blind, people of all races are involved in the riots. But if thats what you need to do to make yourself feel better, go ahead pull the race card. There are some of us in this country that can see past that and its people like you who are stopping us from moving forward.

      Martin - 2011-08-10 09:06

      @Majozi, I know you may not have da TV for da BBC, but I live in London and my colour TV show mostly Black/Asian English causing the trouble here... GET YOU FACTS STRAIGHT!!!!

      Martin - 2011-08-10 09:13


      Audacious12 - 2011-08-10 09:45

      And yet the pound has not weakend and no one is calling for the Olympics to be moved. Total hypocrisy. What about investors?

      Xavier - 2011-08-10 09:47

      @Martin are you sure you live in london and had to watch the bbc to see the!!! I live in SA watched the bbc as well as sky news and some youtube videos funny that I don't see it just as blacks and asians, I see whites, Pakistanis etc etc I have friends and family in london and the one who where effected by the riots had to flee from white rioters....something tells me you are one of those rioters I saw last night on sky, won't surprise me. You can take martin out of the bush but you can't take the bush out of martin....o by the way, stop lying to yourself

      Totman - 2011-08-10 09:58

      @Majozi. I am glad you think you find something to excused our bad behavior with. However, I have notice that comparing their black population to the white there black population are heavily involved with the riot. Saying all this I came to the conclusion that they are all citizens of England and I will therefore refer to them as English and not referring to a race anymore, but a nation. They caused there own problems through there own action. To excused a certain group to fit your racial defense, using this riot, was a bad choice. Those rioting "English" are all barbaric, but can still be controlled by battens and shields. That says a lot if you compare them now. again, against us. If we call them barbaric can you imagine what we must call ourselves.

      Susannomore - 2011-08-10 11:47

      This is not a racial riot - Majozi get over the fact that not everything has to do with race. It is by over-privileged youths of all races that are not happy with getting paid to sit at home being paid for doing nothing. The shooting of Mark Duggan was an excuse. We South Africans remain as barbaric as we have always been...

      FartaWorks - 2011-08-10 11:58

      @ApeXavier, who are you trying to fool? Most of us know by now the riots are caused by thieving criminal blacks who have no respect for other people’s property. The videos you’ve referenced above illustrate the double standards of the MSM. You can bet your bottom dollar there is a massive effort from the MSM to shift the blame for all this violence on “the evil white man”.

      K - 2011-08-10 14:44

      Hey I am here in the UK and it is MIXED RACES! They are all scum bags no matter what colour. I have seen that the majority are black though. Why are they doing this? They cannot blame it on apartheid huh?

      K - 2011-08-10 14:47

      Unfortunately most of the people are black. Click on this link

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 14:53

      @ K - just seen a whole bunch of photos on Daily Mail - I only saw 1 black face. The rest were the usual "rat boys" - white underclass kids in hoodies looting the liquor stores

      K - 2011-08-10 14:59

      It depends on areas though. Not all but the majority are black.

      Martin - 2011-08-10 18:36

      @Xavier, uhhhhh Pakistani's are asians dumb@ss! GET YOU FACTS STRAIGHT!!!!

  • vandermerwe.martin - 2011-08-10 08:06

    Cameron, stop being so lenient towards these f@$#^&kers, kill them all, they have no respect for anything in life.

      Bettysue - 2011-08-10 08:22

      I agree - time to pack away the rubber bullets and bring out the real one's.

      cromagnon - 2011-08-10 08:36

      Yes, agreed, they riot because they can.

      BRONZE - 2011-08-10 08:47

      Betty they haven't even used the rubber bullets. But they did speak of bringing out the 'plastic' bullets???? Actually they haven't brought out anything but their sticks and shields, hence this whole thing has spread.

      amos - 2011-08-10 10:18

      kill them ? Why not just send in the Nato terrorists to kill those that are not rioting and protect the what is happening in Libya.

      PunkBuster - 2011-08-10 11:37

      We should send help... Send Bheki Cele... Permanently...

  • adiama - 2011-08-10 08:07

    Remember to wear your 'Stab-proof' vest when visiting London for the Olympics...

      Tigeristhema - 2011-08-10 08:57

      Good one..LMAO,

      Bopeep - 2011-08-10 09:04

      Had to have a laugh adiama!!!! I think the Olympics will be threatened.....

  • cb - 2011-08-10 08:08

    bunch of yobbos

  • McDaNife - 2011-08-10 08:09

    London bridge is burning, no London is burning, wow! All boils down to frustration built up over the years and here was an opportunity to vent it. Pity.

      Susannomore - 2011-08-10 11:53

      You are slightly confused; London bridge is falling down is one nursery rhyme; the other is London's burning.

  • FU2 - 2011-08-10 08:14

    Civilized country (England) is on fire and third world country (SA) is riot free even our the labour strikers aren't that bad.

      Djack - 2011-08-10 09:49

      @FU@ - FU, people like you are really enojoying this one moment, but when it's over, all will return to normal there, whereas in SA, another 53 murders, compared to their 2, will happen every day here. Now who is civilised.

      amos - 2011-08-10 10:27

      Check what the Nato killers are doing to the Libyans. Send then instesd to London. This is beyond words. And once more, the world is not paying attention to this Nato crimes. They are going to kill and kill. Leave another devastated country. Europeans are killers and liers. Best in both - world wide. VIVA South Africa...its time all these idiotic, mentally challenged who refuse to see the facts go back to where they or their forefathers came from...VIVA SA

      Susannomore - 2011-08-10 11:57

      @Amos - we get it - now shut up about Libiya. You are doing more harm than good by posting the same link on every second post

      Djack - 2011-08-10 12:05

      @ Amos - I was comparing England and SA, and you bring up Libya. Either way, NATO are not killing as many Libyans as you are killing people in SA

  • Bobbejaan - 2011-08-10 08:15


      KissTheBoer - 2011-08-10 08:23

      Lets bring the olympics to africa

  • BRONZE - 2011-08-10 08:19

    I am now waiting for someone from their own media to ask if they should continue with the Olympics. And I guess from now on the English have no right to be high and mighty when talking about our cops (their force has failed miserably even though they claim to be prepared for anything at all times) or about our protests (they are just as bad as us).

      calvin jackson - 2011-08-10 16:26

      @BRONZE, You mean to tell me their shiney whistles didn't stop the riot! My word! LOL

  • McDaNife - 2011-08-10 08:19

    ...yes move the olympics to durban, thats plan B

  • FU2 - 2011-08-10 08:24


  • cdwilson3 - 2011-08-10 08:26

    this is so sad to see my homeland like this. Then you get idiots like majozi who have to turn it into a race issue as per usual in this oh woe is me syndrome that is so prevalent in SA among the africans. Perhaps is you read the news about what sparked the riot in the first place majozi you wouldn't be so arrogant. A black man was killed by the police and the community got upset, never mind that he was a suspected drug dealer and he drew a gun on the police when they tried to arrest him. Unfortunately the yobs got involved, and have used the outcry to riot and steal to gain for themselves, they feel nothing for the dead man. Install a curfew and all law abiding citizens will abide by it and you will then be able to arrest the rioters. In many ways the society has brought this upon itself by being too liberal and not discipling the youth from young. At least my country on this island is riot free.

      KissTheBoer - 2011-08-10 08:29

      bottom line is london is on fire

      Majozi - 2011-08-10 08:40

      Did hunger bring you to SA CD?

      slojam - 2011-08-10 09:08

      Whats up Ed? You shy of my comment? But they are behaving like the uncouth s@v@ges that they are!

      amos - 2011-08-10 11:37

      CD should go back to "homeland"...or were you running away from the murderous bas**rds that run your country? Check what they are doing to the Libyans. This is beyond words. And once more, the world is not paying attention to this Nato crimes. They are going to kill and kill. Leave another devastated country. Europeans are killers and liers. Best in both - world wide.

  • ErrolNdevu - 2011-08-10 08:32

    bloody agents!

      slojam - 2011-08-10 08:52

      Peepoole with tendencies!

      slojam - 2011-08-10 08:52


      amos - 2011-08-10 11:25

      Check what the Nato killers are doing to the Libyans. Send them instead to London. This is beyond words. And once more, the world is not paying attention to this Nato crimes. They are going to kill and kill. Leave another devastated country. Europeans are killers and liers. Best in both - world wide.

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  • Noggy - 2011-08-10 08:39

    Sign of the times....I think this demonstrates a much deeper social problem globally in today's youth. Lack of respect for other, property and a sense of entitlement!

  • slojam - 2011-08-10 08:47

    It was Al-Qaeda I tell you!

  • Leslie - 2011-08-10 08:48

    It has nothing to do with race, it has to do with mentality.

      Mebber - 2011-08-10 13:00

      Excellent observation ! It's just mob mentality and no single race can be blame. There may be underlying currents of frustration regarding the economic situation and other factors, but what they do not realise is that they are destroying the very fabric of their society. I lived and worked in London and other parts of the UK previously and it is just sad to see this happening.

  • stephen scott - 2011-08-10 08:52

    They must shot these f@#$ing useless wasters dead in the street, then find their mothers and sterilise them, so they can't bring anymore thugs into the world

      McDaNife - 2011-08-10 09:08

      They can do that coz they dont use rubber bullets, only the real ones. I cannot believe this about using rubber bullets. What do they think these will never happen in their country. Morons.

  • Martin - 2011-08-10 09:04

    They need to get rid of there Conservative narrow minded Cameron gang and get Labour/Lib Dems in again! Cameron live in a fairy land and do not understand the real issues of minority groups...

      WillowI - 2011-08-10 11:19

      The days of the liberals are numbered ! I predict that this time the conservatives who's blood was spilled to create the boundaries and laws within which these liberals now flourish are this time going to take a back seat. We shall see whether these liberals have the balls and backbone to take the punishment or how far they will run. After that the conservatives can once again restore proper order in society. It has already started all over the Western world - I would guess some of the liberals in England have already booked their flights to Australia where there is still some measure of order.

  • Malcop - 2011-08-10 09:06

    It has all to do with those youths that wear their long pants at half mast with their cracks hanging out, their baseball caps the wrong way around, and with earings in their lips and tongues. Yo N*g*a. Lets break or burn something.

  • Ceres Minerva - 2011-08-10 09:11

    These replies are so very South African, absolutely everything is race related. No one is talking about the fact that the UK has almost zero discipline in schools. That worked out rather well, seeing as it is lack of respect for others property and safely that is causing this. To the rest of the "everything is racist" gang, get of your high horses, and open your eyes. This has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with basic respect for self & others, coupled with a ridicules lack of discipline.

      Sambok - 2011-08-10 10:17

      It is the result of the law in the UK that prevents parents from blikseming their kids. Now they have zero discipline. SA will follw this trend as corporal punishment was banned here too.

      Mebber - 2011-08-10 13:04

      True. I worked in UK schools and many students have very little discipline and every excuse is made for their appalling behaviour and utter lack of respect for just about anyone.

  • Mathaithai - 2011-08-10 09:13

    If this happened in SA before the world cup, britain will be at the forefront to tell the whole world how unsafe our country is and will be supported by australia and european south africans. Who is babaric and uncivilised now? Them or us? We need a regime change in england as much as cameron is saying that there must be a regime change in Lybia!!

      Totman - 2011-08-10 09:43

      O, but you forget, they use battens and shields to control this. Do you think it is possible in SA. I believe they have bigger social problems than they realized, but still are better off. Show me a country who will not have problems. Also note that countries flooded with foreigners have more than other. Being a patriot I am still glad I am staying in South Africa.

  • Sisie - 2011-08-10 09:14

    Blame Malema - he has taken credit for the riots in northern Africa, he might as well take credit for this as well - he thinks that he is the second Stalin, so let's pat him on the back and give him a noddy badge.

  • wick019 - 2011-08-10 09:16

    It is becoming quite clear to the peace and freedom loving people of the world that the British people are increasingly in danger of an attack by their won Government. The discussion around the term "tools" is clearly little more than a veiled threat of violence and the repressive nature of this State is becoming quite apparent. For this reason, the international community should respond expediently and decisively and should act to protect British civilians from the tyranny of the Cameron regime. Perhaps a no-fly-zone might be implemented, or perhaps the rebels (some marginalized drunken semi-literate children by the sound of things) should be supported in the form of cash and weapons and supplies. As Britain consists of islands, a naval blockade of some sort might also be appropriate. The people of the world simply cannot sit by and watch as the British people are denied the democratic right to go out robbin'. I mean, not everyone can afford a flat-screen T.V. Have you thought about that?

  • TumaK - 2011-08-10 09:18

    This is not an issue of white and black - sure it was all sparked by a cop killing a black guy, but the fact of the matter is that this is what happens when you let children think they are in charge. England is a nation where children run amok because their parents and teachers are not allowed to discipline them - human rights or some nonsense like that... Spare the rod, spoil the child.

  • frodosfool - 2011-08-10 09:30

    "Senior officers said they were considering the possible use of plastic bullets - blunt-nosed projectiles designed to deal punishing blows to rioters without penetrating the skin" What a load of liberal poppycock! It's about time they started to use live rounds - the word would soon spread that the pondscum was dying and everyone would go home and behave themselves.

  • catij001 - 2011-08-10 09:34

    Pleae explain what race has to do with this?

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-10 10:05

    @Martin turn your caps lock off dummy, we've got the news this side too and googlw images, I see a fair number of white faces excuse the pun

  • middlej - 2011-08-10 10:54

    Oh...really...this is happening in the UK! Well done guys now you can report on the trouble in your own country instead of searching for rubbish to write about Swaziland!

  • Hilary - 2011-08-10 10:54

    This is what happens when our children are not disciplined at home or at school because of "laws".

  • EASY ED - 2011-08-10 11:01

    it all started when we gave woman the vote, and took away corpoal punishment, and put up the price of beer...............

  • lungelo mpatho - 2011-08-10 11:02

    poeples have a right to protest/riot(with violence if necessary-) if they feel they are not getting treatment/respect/attention the deserve. the 'babaric' are the polititians who misuse the power to opress the common man. even worse are the so-called "right-wing" groups who blindly accept all things as they are, because the FEAR change. if it was not for the leftist ideologies that inspired the people, the French Revolution wasn't gonna happened. to Christians: which side was the Christ in his day? right or left?

      lungelo mpatho - 2011-08-10 11:05

      excuse the spelling/gramma...

  • Grant taylor - 2011-08-10 11:33

    shocking how they are carrying on like this, a fist class country has a responsibility to set an example. How did young people get this caveman mentality, I blame play station and ex-box...

  • Janet Prinsloo - 2011-08-10 11:56

    Where are the Parents? All parents should learn from this - we have to DISCIPLINE and LOVE our kids!!

  • brown_bread - 2011-08-10 12:44

    Legalize weed!!

  • Michelle - 2011-08-10 14:16


  • Texxx - 2011-08-10 14:35

    Q why are they rioting in UK A Yeah, the initial spark that started it was the guy that got shot by police in Tottenham. But I think the main driving force behind the riots at the moment is the fact that all the authorities in the UK are totally dis-empowered (you can get jail time for giving your own kids a hiding….) And because of that, the kids can get away with whatever they want, and because they are getting away with smashing up shops and cars, the whole thing is building momentum by kids who think “it’s just a bit of a laugh” and adults who are just in it for the profit. Either way, the UK government needs to make the consequences much more apparent, i.e. give the police use of rubber bullets and tear gas, and let them do something besides cower when 11 year olds are throwing rocks at them. If that kid is old and stupid enough to throw a rock at a cop, then he’s old enough to take a police baton to the face, and I guarantee you he won’t be trying the same sh*t the next night. Whahaha

  • Jegs - 2011-08-10 14:37

    The most impressive thing about all these comments is that Amos has learnt how to 'copy and paste'. Well done sir.

  • K - 2011-08-10 14:46

    Click on this link. Unfortunately alot of the people are black :(

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