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Riots happen when many people meet to be violent. This can happen after sports events, demonstrations or as a protest. The state wants to stop riots, because rioters damage cars, buildings and attack people. The police are used to stop riots. They use shields, and fight with soft weapons, for example with water cannons or rubber bullets, as well as with batons.
There have been many riots all over the world, especially in England, Northern Ireland, the United States, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia and France.
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Teamsters, armed with pipes, riot in a clash with riot police in the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934.
Modern rioters typically wear face masks, scarves, and other headgear to conceal their identity and filter tear gas.
St. Augustine's Church on fire during the Philadelphia Nativist Riots in 1844
Law enforcement teams deployed to control riots often wear body armor and shields, and may use tear gas
The Brixton race riot in London, 1981
The aftermath of a Washington, D.C. riot in April 1968.