As massive unrest plaguing the United Kingdom spread from London to other cities last night, claims emerged that individuals calling themselves journalists were offering to pay youths to start riots, suggesting an effort to provocateur some of the violence.
According to Tweets sent by people who were in the city of Leicester last night trying to secure their communities, kids were being told to cause mayhem in return for cash. Leicester was hit by violence later that night, as youths attacked buildings in the city center.
“There were swarms of hooded Asian, black and white youths in their 20s, and some as young as 12, being hounded out of Leicester city centre at around midnight,” nightclub owner James Cockerill told the BBC.
In a message that was forwarded to Leicestershire police, a Twitter user called “leicestertalk” wrote, “AadamSparkzz & his mates just offered money by these journos to start a riot in #Leicester.”
“Dickheads that tried to offer us money for starting a riot in #Leicester,” said another Tweet, which included an accompanying picture of a blue car parked on the curb with its occupants standing nearby on the street.
“The media have sunk to a new low – bribing kids to start a riot. Reliable testimony that this just happened in #Leicester,” Tweeted another.
Judging by the Tweets, the men in the vehicle obviously told the kids they were journalists. The vehicle’s license plate reveals that the car is a Volkswagen Passat Se Tdi (4 Door Saloon). However, the vehicle may have no connection to the men in the picture.
Forum posters speculated last night that the journalist claim could have just been a cover for who the men seen in the image were really working for. However, it is important to stress that the claim that the occupants were offering kids money to start riots is nothing more than an allegation at this point.
Hiring provocateurs or using undercover police officers to start riots has become a routine method for justifying brutal crackdowns, although the tactic is primarily used at global summits.
We have documented numerous instances from the UK to Canada to the United States, where authorities have either used black bloc anarchists to generate violence or simply relied on their own undercover police posing as troublemakers to provoke mayhem.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.