posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 12:14 AM
Media keeps blasting that UK riots are just thugs and criminals and kids with nothing better to do. UK leaders saying that violence and lawlessness
will be met with harshly. This is all true but step back and look through a different lense. I quote
"...Civil disturbances never have a single, simple meaning. When the Bastille was being stormed the thieves of Paris doubtless took advantage of the
mayhem to rob houses and waylay unlucky revolutionaries. Sometimes the thieves were revolutionaries. Sometimes the revolutionaries were thieves. And
it is reckless to start making confident claims about events that are spread across the country and that have many different elements. In Britain over
the past few days there have been clashes between the police and young people. Crowds have set buildings, cars and buses on fire. Shops have been
looted and passersby have been attacked. Only a fool would announce what it all means.
We can dispense with some mistakes, though. It is wrong to say that the riots are apolitical. The trouble began on Saturday night when protesters
gathered at Tottenham police station to demand that the police explain the circumstances in which a local man, Mark Duggan, had been shot dead by the
police. The death of a Londoner, another black Londoner, at the hands of the police has a gruesome significance. The police are employed to keep the
peace and the police shot someone dead. This is a deeply political matter. Besides, it is conventional to say how much policing in London has changed
since the Brixton riots of the early eighties - but not many people mouthing the conventional wisdom have much firsthand experience of being young and
poor in Britain's inner cities..."
Full link to an article with different view. This is political unrest, make no mistake.
edit on 10-8-2011 by amazing because: making easier to read