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April 23, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles riots were sparked by the acquittal 20 years ago of four police officers in the beating of Rodney King, but civil rights attorney Connie Rice says the kindling for the fire was laid years before, by decades of hostile policing in black neighborhoods. "The reason we had this riot was because we had the total emasculation and humiliation of an entire community," she said. "It was kindling built on kindling built on kindling. " Rice reflected on the riots Sunday at the L.A. Times Festival of Books along with former L.A. County Dist.
April 15, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
They were not even born at the time their city erupted in flames, violence and rage against a system that would not convict Los Angeles police officers of brutally beating a black man. But high school students Jiaya Ingram, Ashley Torres and Jessica Maldonado have been gripped by accounts of the 1992 Los Angeles riots as they learn about them through poetry and plays, readings and recollections of their parents and others. They say they felt shock over police actions, horror over the mob violence and an uneasy feeling that it could happen again, particularly as unarmed African Americans are killed, most recently in Florida, Oklahoma and Pasadena.
May 9, 1992
The King affair and its aftermath give new meaning to the quote, "Jesus wept." PEG RICHIE Huntington Beach
August 13, 1992
Americans have long called civil disorder of the sort seen in the Los Angeles riots, riots. Take as an example the draft riots in New York City during the Civil War. Poor Irish immigrants felt themselves more heavily burdened in fighting the war than the rich, who could purchase a substitute. Sandra Cox, Mafundi Jitahadi, and the others who insist on the more politically correct words insurrection , uprising , and even the hopelessly hokey intifada , once more lose credibility by calling for a second-class system of morals for people in the riot-torn areas.
April 11, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Nearly 20 years after Los Angeles was shaken by one of the worst outbreaks of civil unrest in U.S. history, residents say the city is safer and relations between its racial and ethnic groups are significantly better than they were in 1992. Most also say L.A. is unlikely to see riots in the coming years like those that swept the city after the 1992 acquittals of four Los Angeles police officers charged in the beating of Rodney G. King, a new report shows. The survey by the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University suggests, however, that many Angelenos are relatively pessimistic about the city's overall direction.
November 12, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Riots erupted after an independence movement leader was kidnapped and killed in Irian Jaya. Villagers found the body of Theys Eluay, 64, in his wrecked car in a ravine 18 miles east of the provincial capital, Jayapura. Police said he appeared to have been strangled. There were no clear suspects, they said. Eluay's widow, Yaneke, blamed the Indonesian military. Police said Eluay was killed after dining with local army commanders Saturday night.
June 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The government has banned all demonstrations in the capital, Algiers, following fierce rioting last week during a massive pro-democracy demonstration. For two months, the military-backed government has been grappling with violent protests that have left at least 55 people dead. The unrest began among ethnic Berbers in the eastern Kabyle region but has spread to Algiers. Three police officers were reported killed and dozens of people hurt Monday during riots in Kabyle.
June 13, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Chinese authorities struggled to restore order Monday after migrant workers, angry over the manhandling of a pregnant vendor, overturned police cars, smashed windows and set fires near the southern manufacturing hub of Guangzhou. It began as a run-of-the mill altercation Friday night when city authorities tried to clear the migrants, who are from Sichuan province, as they hawked produce in front of a supermarket in Zengcheng, on the outskirts of Guangzhou. But the ferocity of the rioting over the weekend exposed the fragility of social order in the nation.
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