Riots Break Out in North London

In via Reuters this AM:

(Reuters) – Rioters throwing petrol bombs battled police in north London overnight, setting patrol cars, buildings and a double-decker bus on fire in some of the worst disorder seen in the British capital in recent years.

About 200 people rained missiles and bottles on riot officers near Tottenham police station after a protest at the fatal shooting of a man by armed officers earlier in the week turned violent.

Mounted police and riot officers on foot in turn charged the troublemakers, to push them back.

Eight officers were taken to hospital, one with head injuries, as rioters attacked buildings including banks, shops and a supermarket and torched three police cars in the main road near the local police base.

Television pictures showed a blazing bus surrounded by rioters and hooded youths pelting an abandoned police car with rocks and missiles.

While the bulk of the disturbance had been brought under control early on Sunday, pockets of trouble were still erupting nearby.

“These are very distressing scenes for Londoners in general and the local community in particular,” said Commander Stephen Watson.

“It’s important we emphasize that the safety of the public is of paramount importance to us. Our intention at this time is to bring things to as swift a conclusion as we can. Our absolute aim is to restore normality.”…

Read on here.

The Guardian also covers the news here.

Al Jazeera has a related video:

I hope and pray those that still believe over there will be able to get to Church in peace and safety today.

Iranian Forces Clash with Protesters

And so the protests in the Arab world spread:

On Tuesday, the Iranian people protested against their government, demanding the release of Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, who have been jailed for their opposition to the regime.

Iranian Security Forces responded by firing tear gas, and eyewitnesses reported hearing gunfire in a number of locations in Tehran…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to the situation in Iran by demanding that the international community take an approach to Iran a similar to the one they have with Libya. The U.S. and European countries have demanded that Libya’s dictator step down and are threatening to use force to protect Libyan protestors from their own government.

Gaddafi: Protesters are on Hallucinogenic Drugs… and Nescafe

Talk about living in denial:

Muammar Gaddafi blamed a revolt against his rule on al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Thursday, and said the protesters were fueled by milk and Nescafe spiked with hallucinogenic drugs, in a rambling appeal for calm.

Gaddafi, who just two days ago vowed in a televised address to crush the revolt and fight to the last, showed none of the fist-thumping rage of that speech.

This time, he spoke to state television by telephone without appearing in person, and his tone seemed more conciliatory, with much of his country out of government control.

“Their ages are 17. They give them pills at night, they put hallucinatory pills in their drinks, their milk, their coffee, their Nescafe,” said Gaddafi…

More here.