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Riots in London

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Riots that erupted in London neighborhoods over the weekend spread to four other cities yesterday, as hundreds were arrested and at least one person was killed. What began as a protest against the police shooting of Tottenham resident Mark Duggan spread quickly into general rioting and opportunistic looting -- what Prime Minister David Cameron has called "criminality pure and simple." For three days now, buildings and vehicles have been smashed and set on fire, while stores and warehouses were looted. Police have been unable to do much to slow the mayhem. Tonight, some 16,000 police officers will be deployed to London's streets in an effort to quash the worst unrest in the city in decades. Collected here are images of the violence in the U.K. from the past several days. [41 photos]

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A hooded youth walks past a burning vehicle in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
A hooded youth walks past a burning vehicle in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Buildings burn on Tottenham High Road, London after youths protested against the killing of a man by armed police in an attempted arrest, August 6, 2011 in London, England. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images) #
Protestors face off against riot police lines on Tottenham High Road on August 6, 2011 in London, England. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images) #
A double decker bus burns as riot police try to contain a large group of people on a main road in Tottenham, north London, on August 6 2011. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images) #
Youths use aerosol cans to set fire to shelves of goods inside a retail store on Tottenham High Road, on August 6, 2011 in London, England. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images) #
Police officers wearing riot gear walk past a burning building in Tottenham, north London, on August 7, 2011. Crowds attacked riot police and set two squad cars alight in north London on Saturday following a protest at the fatal shooting of a man by armed officers earlier in the week. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Mounted police ride in front of a burning building in Tottenham, north London, on August 7, 2011. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Aaron Biber, 89, assesses the damage to his hairdressing salon after riots on Tottenham High Road, on August 7, 2011 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
Police stand in front of a burnt out Carpetright shop in Tottenham, on August 8, 2011 in London, England. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #
Riot police face a mob in Hackney, north London on August 8, 2011. Riot police faced off with youths in fresh violence in London today in the third day of disorder after some of the worst rioting in the British capital in years at the weekend. (Ki Price/AFP/Getty Images) #
A rioter throws a rock at riot police in Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. (Dan Istitene/Getty Images) #
A riot police officer directs his colleagues to clear people away from a burning car in Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. (Dan Istitene/Getty Images) #
Police on the streets of Croydon on August 8, 2011. Original here. (CC BY Flickr user Madtea) #
Youths loot a Carhartt store in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #
A police officer helps an injured officer as rioters gathered in Croydon, south London, on August 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) #
A bus is set on fire as rioters gathered in Croydon, south London, on August 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) #
People walk with goods that they took from a shop in Hackney, east London, on Monday August 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) #
Looters rampage through a convenience store in Hackney, east London August 8, 2011. Youths hurled missiles at police in northeast London on Monday as violence broke out in the British capital for a third night. (Reuters/Olivia Harris) #
Local residents flee Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. (Dan Istitene/Getty Images) #
British police officers arrest a man as rioters gathered in Croydon, south London, on August 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) #
A shop is set on fire as rioters gather in Croydon, south London, on August 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) #
A photographer holds his head after he was attacked by protesters in Hackney, east London, on August 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo) #
Looters run from a clothing store in Peckham, London August 8, 2011. Riots spread to new areas of London on Monday while looting also erupted in the city of Birmingham as Britain's worst unrest in decades escalated in a third night of violence. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez) #
A masked man carries a toy backdropped by a burning car and garbage bins set on fire by rioters in Hackney, east London, Monday August 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) #
British riot police arrive in front of a burning building and burnt out car in Croydon, South London, on August 8, 2011. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images) #
An injured man is treated by ambulance staff after being arrested for looting in an electronic shop, in south London, on August 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson) #
A burning 140-year-old furniture store is pictured in Croydon, South London, on August 8, 2011. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images) #
A police officer stands on a street in Tottenham, north London, on August 7, 2011. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Policemen head into acrid smoke to help tackle a fire at Clapham Junction on August 8, 2011 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images) #
Two girls are detained outside the Currys electrical store in Brixton, on August 8, 2011 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
A large fire breaks out in shops and residential properties in Croydon, on August 8, 2011 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
Police officers patrol the streets as a large fire engulfs shops and residential properties in Croydon, on August 9, 2011 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
Burning timbers crash to the floor, sending a spray of cinder into a shopping mall in Woolwich, southeast London, on August 9, 2011. (Reuters/Jon Boyle) #
A car burns on a street in Ealing, London, on August 9, 2011. Looting by groups of hooded youths spread to Ealing in west London and Camden in the north of the British capital late on Monday, the third night of violence which police have blamed on criminal thugs. (Reuters/Toby Melville) #
Firefighters battle a large fire that broke out in shops and residential properties in Croydon, on August 9, 2011 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
A policeman walks past the charred remains of the Reeves furniture store in Croydon, south of London, on August 9, 2011. (Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images) #
A traffic cone is embedded in the smashed windows of the Arcadia shopping center on Ealing Broadway following a night of rioting in Ealing, on August 9, 2011 in London, England. (Jim Dyson/Getty Images) #
Volunteers wait clear-up after overnight disturbances in Clapham Junction, in south London, on August 9, 2011. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
People eager to clean up after last night's rioting gather at Clapham Junction, on August 9, 2011 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images) #
People who have volunteered to clean up the damaged streets in a show of solidarity clean the remains of a burnt-out car on a street in Hackney, London, on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, following unrest on late Monday. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori) #
A firefighter sprays water on the furniture store set on fire by rioters last night in Croydon, south London, on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) #

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