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Well, there seems to be an actual network in action, more then just
contagion by proximity.
The groups are distributed over fairly wide area and are at least
physically decentralized. They communicate using cell phones, SMS
messages and the Internet; while this may be simple coordination
between peers, it is also possible that there is an implicit or
explicit hierarchy in action.
Depending on whether the government wiretaps the rioters' phones, or
otherwise obtains information on the communication patterns, we may
never know.

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