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    Posted August 11, 2011 by
    MJWRIGHT
    Location
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Rioting in London

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    Second night of rioting in Liverpool, England

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     MJWRIGHT says, 'While not a justification for violence, it is useful to understand that the area I was in on the first evening has very high rates of youth unemployment, a small percentage of the youths involved will be in higher education and many are without hope of being able to access substantial vocational training to help them find secure employment.The demand for swift and tough justice will ensure that many otherwise minor offenders will now receive wildly disproportionate punishments. I worry that the knee jerk reactions of politicians; calling for new draconian legislation and a dismissal of the need for a wide ranging public enquiry into the causes of the disorder, will do nothing to heal the wounds and will actually further alienate these youths.'
    - Cortnee H, CNN iReport producer

    Rioting continued for a second night in Liverpool on the 9th August 2011.

     

    I photographed events which took place around midnight in the streets connecting with Smithdown Road and Lodge Lane in the southern districts of Liverpool.

     

    Despite the weather predictions it did not rain and both police and rioters seemed prepared for a another long night of confrontation.

     

    The police assets were significant . The organisation seemed to be a lot more robust than I had seen the previous evening; with 'MATRIX' units, mounted police, K9 units, and camera equipped cvidence gatherers, all arrayed against a mob of youths, mostly males, some armed with lengths of wood, stones, bricks etc.

     

    Both sides went through a period of time where each built up their numbers and nerve.

     

    The mob marched up the hill of Lodge Lane and I saw some of the youths armed with pieces of wood and many wearing hooded jackets and masked with scarves around their faces.

     

    At one point I was way ahead of the police line and as the youths approached, I heard shouts of  "Get the photographer", I quickly looked around me and realised "Oops! They mean me!".  I beat a hasty retreat under a hail of stones and bricks.  Fortunately, I felt a bit more secure than the previous night as I was now wearing a protective helmet; however this didn't stop a brick from hitting me in the backside.  Perhaps, this was a message from my guardian angel, warning me that I had got a bit too close to the unfolding drama.

     

    Over the next hour, the police brought up their assets and steadily forced the mob back down the street, passed a burning pyre of wooden pallets.

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