As Martin Luther King said, “A riot is the language of the unheard,” and these riots are only the symptom of a dangerous disease. 50 years ago, riots erupted within this very same city, in the name of the aforementioned man after his tragic assassination. This time, events are hauntingly parallel, where the riots have come merely days after the death and funeral of Freddie Gray, a young 25-year-old black man. Perhaps it is the same issue which still angers people.
The death toll has risen from 100 to 500, from 500 to 1000, from 1000 to 1900, and from 1900 to the current estimate of above 2400 all in the space of the last 24 hours, with many suspecting that there are still more corpses to discover. At least 5000 people were injured across Nepal. 50 were killed in India’s eastern states, and another 17 in an avalanche on Mount Everest, amongst them a notable Google executive and adventurer. Three were killed in Bangadesh, one due to a stampede.