London rioters battle police

Associated Press
An Irish traveler resident holds up a cross for the media, in front of a burning barricade during evictions at the Dale Farm travellers site, near Basildon England, 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of London, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.  Police in riot gear used sledgehammers to clear the way for the eviction of a community of Irish Travellers from a site where they have lived illegally for a decade.  A large force of police and bailiffs faced resistance from several dozen residents and supporters who threw bricks and struggled with officers.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the worst unrest since the 1980s.

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