U.K. Riots in Social Media: Who to Follow, #Riotcleanup, Hulk Hogan, Rolling Pins

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The BBC reports that 16,000 police are on the U.K.streets today after three days of rioting and looting in London and other British cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Liverpool. The unrest was sparked in the Tottenham neighborhood after cab passenger Mark Duggan was shot and killed during a police action in the district Thursday night.

Much of the reporting is coming via Twitter at #LondonRiots, #ManchesterRiots and #UKRiots. NPR's Andy Carvin (@acarvin) is doing a stellar job curating the tweets and seeking confirmation and context.

Writer RuwaydaMustafah is reporting on the ground from London.

If you are in Manchester, start a neighbourhood watch immediately incase things get out of hand. Riots are only in the shopping centre now.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Penny Red, blogging while "stuck in the house" in her London district of Holloway, with the violence coming closer, writes a powerful post about power and the lack thereof:

Riots are about power, and they are about catharsis. They are not about poor parenting, or youth services being cut, or any of the other snap explanations that media pundits have been trotting out: structural inequalities, as a friend of mine remarked today, are not solved by a few pool tables. People riot because it makes them feel powerful, even if only for a night. People riot because they have spent their whole lives being told that they are good for nothing, and they realise that together they can do anything – literally, anything at all. People to whom respect has never been shown riot because they feel they have little reason to show respect themselves, and it spreads like fire on a warm summer night. And now people have lost their homes, and the country is tearing itself apart.

BlogHer and expat Holly Burns of Nothing But Bonfires is seeing the violence come frighteningly close to her loved ones (we hope everyone is OK, Holly!):

So this video is just three straight minutes of the part of London my grandma lives in ON FIRE. http://bbc.in/qr0q36less than a minute ago via Brizzly Favorite Retweet Reply

Some Londoners are tweeting their disgust, including MsLuluRose:

The Youth of the Middle East rise up for basic freedoms.The Youth of London rise up for a HD ready 42" Plasma TV #londonriotsless than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet Reply

But there are bright spots, too. I love this picture: Philippa Morgan-Walker and her husband Jonny Walker made tea for police in Camden.

London riots tea police

Credit Image: © Joel Goodman/LNP/ZUMAPRESS.com)

And people responded to a volunteer call for #riotcleanup on Twitter.

London riot cleanup

(Credit Image: © National News/ZUMAPRESS.com)

And then the pure ridiculousness of Hulk Hogan commenting to the BBC on the riots is good for a laff:

But my favorite story comes from blogger Louise Yang at Naked Sushi, who reports that she was having a celebratory dinner at posh London restaurant the Ledbury when a group of armed looters broke in twice, destroying the property and demanding phones and jewelry:

The kitchen staff at the Ledbury went beyond their call of duty by rushing up from the kitchen with rolling pins, fry baskets, and other dangerous kitchen tools and scared off the looters. Then they provided well-needed glasses of alcohol including champagne and whisky.

Do you have a story, tweet or blog post about the unrest in the U.K. to share? I want to know -- please leave a comment.

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