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April 19, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon and Aminu Abubakar, Los Angeles Times
International observers declared Nigeria's weekend presidential election the fairest in decades. But riots across the north Monday and the loser's unwillingness to accept the results undercut this divided nation's bid to move toward orderly democracy. The violence underscored the West African nation's deep sectarian divisions. Enraged youths in the mainly Muslim north, stronghold of defeated candidate Muhammadu Buhari, burned down the home of any northern leader seen as collaborating with Goodluck Jonathan, the victorious incumbent from the mainly Christian south.
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 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.
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.
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