Police Calm London, But Riots Flare Across UK

August 9, 2011

Dan Istitene
A rioter throws a rock at riot police in Clarence Road in Hackney, London, Monday. The wave of violence has spread to three other major British cities. 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.