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If the pictures of urban chaos look the same, the level of organization and coordination should not be overestimated.
Unlike Seattle and other anti-globalization protests, there is no multi-layered strategy destined to accomodate different levels of engagement and willingness to be arrested on the part of the protesters.
Yes there are some communications by SMS and blogs between groups of youths across neighbourhoods (three bloggers were arrested yesterday by the police for incitation to violence), but they are more challenging each others and sharing pictures of their exploits (hijacked bus on fire, police cars on fire, police station on fire etc.) than trying to establish a concerted strategy. In the past few years, many incidents have involved gangs from different projects fighting each others in public places with casualties restricted only to gang members.
What is shared is a deep sense of frustration and anger, and some sort of misplaced pride in their local housing project (cité) that pushes them to enter the dance so that they will not be forgotten by the daily media coverage.
The cars they are burning are their parents' and older siblings'. I am not sure any effectively organized network would consider such types of outcomes...

Best,

Benoît Dupont
Professor of Criminology
International Centre for Comparative Criminology
Université de Montréal

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There is some relevant material re the "battle in Seattle" in this
Arquilla & Ronfeldt paper.

        http://www.rand.org/publications/MR/MR1382/MR1382.ch1.pdf

From what I understand, some of the same tactics are being employed in
France.

Steve

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Professor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
Arizona State University
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Chair, Organizational Communication Division
International Communication Association
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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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