A riot is a form of civil disorder commonly characterized by a group lashing out in a violent public disturbance against authority, property or people.
Riots typically involve theft, vandalism, and destruction of property, public or private. The property targeted varies depending on the riot and the inclinations of those involved. Targets can include shops, cars, restaurants, state-owned institutions, and religious buildings.
Riots often occur in reaction to a grievance or out of dissent.