Hackney London Riots
The Hackney Riots maybe out of Stylenoir’s normal reporting but to be honest with you the journalist side of me kicked in and begged me to go report the truth, since there was so many distorted hype created on Twitter.
We wanted to find out why society was rebelling and how. Stylenoir was frontline for most of the Hackney Riots and I implore you, listen to us, for this is the truth of what really went down.
All rioters were there solely for their own gain. Forget what you’ve heard, this wasn’t for a cause, this wasn’t for society or even because of social media. This was just pure aggression and monetary gain. We overheard so many rioters conversations “Tottenham aint got nothing on us” one said, another “we’re gunna loot till we drop”. This was backed up by what looked like an 11 year old child running away with a plasma TV at one point, which was possibly the most surreal thing I’ve ever seen.
Secondly, one of the most peculiar thing was the amount of hipster bystanders. Either shocked by the force of the police, or targeted by rioters. We witnessed one hipster’s fixed speed bike being stolen, as he protested “hey man you can’t steal my bike, that’s not on, that’s unfair” his mugger simply looked him dead in the eyes asserted the well known phrase “OR WHAT?” and rode off.
This inspired us to shoot the rest of the images in Instagram format, simply because it really was that ridiculous, fixed bikes and girls in fur coats everywhere, apart from directly near any of the “action”.
If there is one thing we have to commend, it was the police. Especially the riot police. They didn’t take control of the situation on Mere St as well as they could have, but they did very well in the situation.
It is exceptionally difficult for the police to differentiate in that situation between spectators and trouble makers, everyone looks the same. It does annoy us when those critise who were sitting safe at home, do not make judgment unless you’ve experienced the sheer insanity of it. The Police did a fantastic job.
The looting was systematic and beyond control, on three separate occasions we were within 10 feet of shops being ripped apart. Nowhere was safe, from sandwich shops, to jewellery brokers. We kid you not when attacking a Texaco garage one of the girl rioters shouted “Get me a Lucozade”. Yes, the hackney riots were that ridiculous.
Enjoy the photos, comment, share you thoughts, if you were there, share that with us too. We’re hearing rumours Liverpool Street is a target for tonight now (Tuesday), but will update as time goes on