Latest Riot Stories

2005-07-20 10:25:23

By Mohammed Sudam SANAA (Reuters) - At least 13 people were killed in clashes with police in Yemen on Wednesday after rioters smashed government offices and set fires in response to a sharp rise in fuel prices. The clashes were the heaviest death toll in Yemen protests since 1998 when 34 people died in two weeks of demonstrations and violent clashes over price hikes. Thousands of protesters in the capital, Sanaa, smashed furniture in government offices, blocked roads with flaming tires,...

2005-06-29 13:52:09

BEIJING (Reuters) - Thousands of Chinese rioted in adispute sparked by a lopsided roadside brawl, set fire to carsand wounded six police officers in an outburst likely to worrycommunist leaders in Beijing desperate to cling on to power. The official Xinhua news agency, in a rare report on alocal disturbance, blamed Sunday's riot in Chizhou in dirt-pooreastern Anhui province on a few criminals who led the"unwitting masses" astray. The violence was the latest in a series of protests whichthe...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'