@cbae: I twice promised to give it a rest, I've had my say.
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Anyway getting back on topic. I think the UK is doing a poor job taking care of these rioters. For example, their politicians are actually debating using water cannons on them, seriously? That needs to be debated? Should have sent in the army already. Don't they have a National Guard sort of thing over there?
These things tend to burn themselves out. Bringing a military force to bear on it will ultimately make things worse. As of now, the PR for these riots are that a bunch of hoodlums are causing problems and rioting. If you start hosing down protestors, it's possible that they end up looking like victims instead of idiots.
I don't know if CO2 caused it, either, but it's been known for some time that violence increases during warmer weather. I guess nobody wants to riot in mittens.
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