On 6th August 2011, England erupted. First Tottenham, then Hackney, then all across London and beyond to Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester and even Gloucester erupted in the most widespread wave of insurrectionary activity in a century. Sparked by the death of a man at police hands, further escalated by a beating dished out to a young girl who turned up at the police station to demand answers, these have been labelled riots – which is of course correct. But riots on this scale and of this widespread can only be considered an insurrection.
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