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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.