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May 31, 1989 | JAMES F. SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Food riots spread to more than a dozen Argentine cities and towns Tuesday, engulfing the vast industrial belt around Buenos Aires and leaving at least 10 dead in an explosion of anger over hyperinflation. Five bombs went off in the capital, causing little damage but further jangling nerves as President Raul Alfonsin's lame-duck government groped to rein in the chaotic economy and restore order. More than 1,600 looters were detained under state-of-siege powers imposed Monday night, including 1,000 in Rosario, Argentina's second-largest city, about 165 miles northwest of the capital, authorities said.
Watching images of looting on television during the second night of the Los Angeles riots, Pasadena evangelist Wallace Tope was moved to show the lawbreakers the error of their ways. After several friends refused to accompany him, Tope, 52, went alone to a shopping mall at Western Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, where hundreds of people had gathered as looters ransacked a Sav-on drugstore. There, he began to preach, urging the agitated crowd to stop the plundering and place their faith in Jesus.
February 1, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Egyptians are hoping against hope that forging a new future won't cost them their past. Tumultuous protests sweeping across the country carry the hope of a new government, a thrilling prospect for a beleaguered citizenry. But as looters move to take advantage of the unrest, archaeological experts warn that Egypt's treasure trove of antiquities is in peril. The center of the protest movement, Tahrir Square, abuts the Egyptian Museum, home to thousands of priceless artifacts encompassing centuries of Pharaonic history.
March 5, 2010 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
Barely a building remains standing in this once-pleasant beach resort that slopes up from Dichato Bay, a scenic cove largely shielded from the open Pacific. The row of eateries and bars that once lined the shore are smashed to pieces. The central plaza is a pile of debris: splintered wood beams, bent metal roofs, dented gas tanks, fences, broken trees and kitchen appliances, among other objects. Fishing boats have been tossed a mile into town and beyond. The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile last week clearly caused a lot of damage, but here and in other coastal communities it was the ensuing tsunami that proved most destructive.
June 14, 1992
Kathy Kristof should be thanked for her list of the highest-paid businessmen in California. Now when local media talk about "looters," we'll know who they mean. KEVIN J. MARTIN Los Angeles
June 18, 1992
Ted Okuda, manager of a Lucky supermarket in Long Beach, and Tracy VanTrece, a loss prevention coordinator for Sav-On drugstores in Los Angeles, received awards from their firm's parent company, American Stores Co., for bravery and leadership during the riots. While looters were rampaging through the Long Beach store and setting fires, Okuda calmly led customers and employees to safety and then returned to put out the fires and secure the premises, the firm said.
May 5, 1992
A colleague says looters should be shot on sight. I want to ask, "Should those corporate executives who have looted companies, S&Ls and banks be shot on sight?" My daughter suggests that for many in South-Central Los Angeles life is a daily struggle for survival. If a disastrous quake occurred, we good white folks in the suburbs could be capable of looting supermarkets. Law enforcement personnel, shopkeepers and looters are, in general, no better or worse than the rest of us. Let's give us all a break as we work our way out of this mess.
May 9, 1992
Gov. Pete Wilson is typical of our aloof, out-of-touch politicians. When describing what's missing in the character of the looters he mentioned everything but their total sense of hopelessness (May 4). Last month as I drove down Alameda Street near the Watts Towers I saw about 50 able-bodied unemployed men just sitting around. Last week we finally heard from them. Our politicians just don't care to see what's happening out on the streets. What's needed to "punish" the thousands of looters awaiting court disposition should be long hours of community service rather than prison terms.
May 7, 1992
Shock does not describe my horror of our city and county gone awry. I felt an ominous cloud engulf my spirit at the sight of the police paralyzed and the crowd wild. Why oh why? Only one deeply felt answer emerged from within my heart. We are a racist, greedy society. Both the King jurors and looters are our other selves. The legal system, controlled by the white elite, under the guise of the law robs Afro-Americans of dignity and basic rights. The economic system with its rhetoric of "free" market steals the opportunity for creative work and ownership.
May 13, 1992 | John Hong, 16, is a sophomore at Warren High School in Downey. His father owns Lucky Electronics at 528 S. Western in Koreatown. Hong was on the rooftop of his family's store during much of the riot.
Friday I went to my father's store after school. There were 10 of us. My father told me to be strong. He said, "Don't do anything to hurt yourself because of the store. If we lose the stock, we'll rebuild." I told him, "Don't worry about anything." I thought, my dad's store is our family's lifeline. If we lose this, we lose everything. I thought it was my duty to go up there with them. Even if I don't do anything, my presence will somehow help.
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