List of ethnic riots

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This is a list of ethnic riots, sectarian riots, and race riots, by country.




Côte d’Ivoire[edit]




  • Kananga (1925) - Kananga Riot of 1925

South Africa[edit]

  • Durban (1949) - Anti-Indian riots, an inter-racial conflict between Zulus and Indians in Durban.[6]
  • Durban (1985) - Anti-Indian riots[7]
  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa (2007) - Anti-Somali riot[8]


  • Zanzibar (1964) - The Zanzibar Revolution of January 12, 1964 put an end to the local Arab dynasty. Thousands of Arabs were massacred in riots, and thousands more were detained or fled the island[9][10]






United States[edit]

Nativist Period 1700s–1860[edit]

  • 1824: Providence, Rhode Island Hard Scrabble Riots
  • 1829: Cincinnati riots of 1829 Rioting against African Americans results in over a thousand leaving for Canada.
  • 1829: Charlestown Anti-Catholic Riots
  • 1831: Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1834: Massachusetts Convent Burning
  • 1834: Philadelphia pro-slavery riots[12]
  • 1834: New York City pro-slavery riots
  • 1835: Boston pro-slavery riots
  • 1835: Five Points Riot
  • 1835: Washington, D.C.[13][14]
  • 1836: Cincinnati riots of 1836 - Several anti-abolitionist riots
  • 1841: Cincinnati, Ohio White Irish-descendant and Irish immigrant dock workers rioted against Black dock workers. When the Black dock workers banded together to defend their community from the approaching Whites, the White rioters retreated and then commandeered a 6-pound cannon and shot it through the streets of Cincinnati.
  • 1844: Philadelphia Nativist Riots (May 6–8, July 5–8)
  • 1851: Hoboken Anti-German Riot
  • 1855: Louisville Anti-German Riots

Civil War Period 1861–1865[edit]

Reconstruction Period: 1865–1877[edit]

Jim Crow Period: 1878–1914[edit]

War and inter-war period: 1914–1945[edit]

Postwar era: 1946–1954[edit]

Civil Rights and Black Power Movement's Period: 1955–1977[edit]

1978 to today[edit]







  • Acre, Israel (2008) - Sectarian violence erupted on 8 October 2008 turning into 5 days of violence after an Arab Israeli citizen drove through a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood during Yom Kippur.[36][37][38]
  • Tel Aviv (2012) - Race riots by Jewish Israelis against black African immigrants took place in May 2012 after the rape of an elderly woman, and an under age Israeli girl by Sudanese men in front of her boyfriend.[39][40][41][42]
  • Tel Aviv (2015) - After an Ethiopian-born IDF officer was beaten by an Israeli police officer and police volunteer, protests in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality turned violent, with injuries among protesters and police.[43]



Palestine (British Mandate)[edit]


Sri Lanka[edit]






  • St. Croix riot (1873) - St. Croix Agricultural labor rioted against landlords and labor laws.
  • Jewish skirmishes (1820–22) - Various Danish and German cities and towns.


  • 2005 civil unrest in France – mainly Paris far suburbs, but also in other high-immigrant areas.
  • Perpignan (2005) – Perpignan Riots[45] between Maghrebi and Romani communities after a man of Maghrebi descent was shot dead.
  • Avignon (September 2009) – between Turkish and Moroccan youths (one youth of African descent was dead)




  • Utrecht (2007) - Utrecht Riots[54]
  • Amsterdam (2007) - Moroccan-Dutch youth sectarian violence[55]
  • The Hague (2015) - Immigrants riot after Caribbean man dies resisting arrest[56]


  • Przytyk pogrom (1936) - anti-Jewish riots in Przytyk, on March 9, 1936
  • Kraków pogrom (1945) - anti-Jewish riots that occurred on August 11, 1945, in the city of Kraków
  • Kielce pogrom (1946) - an outbreak of violence against the Jewish community of Kielce, Poland on July 4, 1946
  • Mława pogrom (1991) - a series of violent incidents in June 1991, when a crowd attacked Roma residents of the Polish town of Mława


Soviet Union[edit]



United Kingdom[edit]



New Zealand[edit]

  • Wellington (1943) - Battle of Manners Street was a conflict involving American servicemen versus New Zealand servicemen and civilians outside the Allied Services Club in Manners Street.

Solomon Islands[edit]


See also[edit]

Revolution '67 - Documentary about the Newark, New Jersey race riots of 1967


  1. ^ a b c How China's taking over Africa, and why the West should be VERY worried
  2. ^ Rwanda Syndrome on the Ivory Coast
  3. ^ France's 'Little Iraq'
  4. ^ LESOTHO: Anti-Chinese resentment flares
  5. ^ Timeline: Mauritania
  6. ^ The Durban Riot 1949
  7. ^ Current Africa race riots like 1949 anti-Indian riots: minister,
  8. ^ 27 held after anti-Somali riot: South Africa
  9. ^ Country Histories - Empire's Children
  10. ^ Heartman, Adam (2006-09-26). "A Homemade Genocide". Who's Fault Is It?. 
  11. ^ Rebelions in Bahia
  12. ^ Evan Carton, Patriotic Treason: John Brown and the Soul of America, at 59 (Free Press 2006); see also
  13. ^ August 'Snow-Storm' Brought Devastation To D.C.. NPR. July 5, 2012.
  14. ^ Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835. 2012 book by Jefferson Morley.
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  16. ^ No deaths were reported, but all Chinese and most other Asians were expelled from Seattle and Tacoma. Schwantes, Carlos A. "Protest in a Promised Land: Unemployment, Disinheritance, and the Origin of Labor Militancy in the Pacific Northwest, 1885-1886." Western Historical Quarterly. 13:4 (October 1982).
  17. ^ Thirty African Americans died. Robert A. Gibson, The Negro Holocaust: Lynching and Race Riots in the United States, 1880-1950, Yale University, 1979.
  18. ^ Ten African Americans and two Caucasians died. Robert A. Gibson, The Negro Holocaust: Lynching and Race Riots in the United States, 1880-1950, Yale University, 1979.
  19. ^ Two African Americans and four Caucasians died. Robert A. Gibson, The Negro Holocaust: Lynching and Race Riots in the United States, 1880-1950, Yale University, 1979; Roberta Senechal, "Springfield Race Riot of 1908," Illinois History Teacher, Summer/Fall 1996.
  20. ^ According to federal, state and local government investigators, only 39 African Americans died. But civilian investigations shortly after the riot indicate that between 100 and 200 African Americans died. The riot was notable for its brutality, including scalping, gouging out of eyes, and children acting as murderers. Elliott M. Rudwick, Race Riot at East St. Louis, Southern Illinois University Press, 1964.
  21. ^ Twenty-three African Americans and 15 Caucasians died. Robert A. Gibson, The Negro Holocaust: Lynching and Race Riots in the United States, 1880-1950, Yale University, 1979.
  22. ^ Officially, only 39 African Americans died. But more recent estimates are that between 150 and 200 African Americans and 50 Caucasians died, and some sources put the number of black dead at 300. James S. Hirsch, Riot and Remembrance: America's Worst Race Riot and Its Legacy, Mariner Books, 2003. ISBN 0-618-34076-9; Robert A. Gibson, The Negro Holocaust: Lynching and Race Riots in the United States, 1880-1950, Yale University, 1979.
  23. ^ Officially, six African Americans and two Caucasians died. However, there is disagreement about the number of dead, and some estimates place the number of black dead between 40 and 150. Michael D'Orso, Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood, Putnam Books, 1996. ISBN 1-57297-256-4.
  24. ^ a b "IV. Timeline: Asian Americans in Washington State History". Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  25. ^ a b "Racial Riots". Office of Multicultural Student Services. University of Hawaii. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  26. ^ Twenty-five African Americans and nine Caucasians died. Robert A. Gibson, The Negro Holocaust: Lynching and Race Riots in the United States, 1880-1950, Yale University, 1979.
  27. ^ The Dispatch (North Carolina), December 28, 1963
  28. ^
  29. ^ San Bernardino County Sun - Fontana students blame riot on simmering racial tension
  30. ^ More Injuries as Race Riots Disrupt Jails in Los Angeles
  31. ^ Race riot put down at California state prison
  32. ^ Locke High School locked down after huge brawl, Los Angeles Times
  33. ^ Xinjiang, China's Restive Northwest
  34. ^ Indonesia Turns Its Chinese Into Scapegoats, New York Times
  35. ^ Anti-Chinese riots continue in Indonesia, CNN
  36. ^ Acre faces fourth night of riots, Al Jazeera English
  37. ^ Israeli City Divided by Sectarian Violence, New York Times, October 12, 2008
  38. ^ Police arrest Acre Yom Kippur driver, Jpost, October 12, 2008
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  43. ^ Anti-Police Protest in Israel Turns Violent The New York Times, 3 May 2015
  44. ^ Roma riots stir unease in Bulgaria
  45. ^ 'Race killing' sparks French riot
  46. ^
  47. ^ Milan police in Chinatown clash
  48. ^ Milan Chinese riot over traffic fine
  49. ^ "Immigrants Riot In Rosarno, Italy". Huffington Post. January 8, 2010. 
  50. ^ Bari police and african immigrants clash
  51. ^ video Bari African riots
  52. ^ Tunisians riots
  53. ^ Refugees refuse to reside in provided buildings
  54. ^ Ethnic Riots after Dutchman is Killed by Police
  55. ^ Moroccan-Dutch youth riot in Amsterdam following fatal incident
  56. ^ [2]
  57. ^ Focus on Mesketian Turks
  58. ^ Spain struggles with race riots
  59. ^ Spanish youth clash with immigrant gangs
  60. ^ African immigrants riot in Spain, BBC NEWS
  61. ^ [3]
  62. ^ Race clashes hit Windsor
  63. ^ "The Pacific Proxy: China vs Taiwan", Graeme Dobell, ABC Radio Australia, February 7, 2007
  64. ^ "Chinese stores looted in Tonga riots", People's Daily, November 17, 2006

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