British police are utilizing a fake town in Kent to prepare for riots staged by “angry mobs,” an indication that authorities are still nervous about social disorder three years after mass riots rocked the UK.
“The Metropolitan Police Specialist Training Centre in Gravesend is where officers are trained in various forms of public disorder and firearm use,” reports the Guardian.
Images from the site show riot police dealing with gangs armed with petrol bombs, bricks and glass bottles. The fake town consists of empty shells of buildings mocked up to represent a typical street in the UK. Police are shown riding on horseback through charred and debris-strewn streets.
In August 2011, riots swept across London and other towns and cities in the UK, causing £200 million pounds worth of property damage and leading to over 3,000 arrests. The unrest was spurred as a result of the death of Mark Duggan, who was shot by police, although criminal opportunists and gangs quickly took advantage of the disorder to conduct mass looting.
At the height of the riots, the British government seriously considered deploying troops onto the streets in order to quell the violence.
Over two years before the riots, Infowars reported on the likelihood of disorder unfolding in the United Kingdom as a backlash to the economic collapse and social dislocation.
Authorities in the United States are also using mock up towns to prepare for military occupation of civilian areas.
Earlier this year we reported on how the U.S. Army had built a 300 acre ‘fake city’ in Virginia at a cost of $96 million dollars complete with a sports stadium, bank, school, and an underground subway in order to train for unspecified future combat scenarios. The city included a Christian chapel as well as street signs in English, prompting concerns that the site was geared towards preparing troops for the domestic occupation of U.S. cities in the event of martial law.
In November 2008, the U.S. Army War College in November released a white paper called Known Unknowns: Unconventional ‘Strategic Shocks’ in Defense Strategy Development.
The report warned that the military must be prepared for a “violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States,” which could be provoked by “unforeseen economic collapse,” “purposeful domestic resistance,” “pervasive public health emergencies” or “loss of functioning political and legal order.” The “widespread civil violence,” the document said, “would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security.”