London Riots 2011

Tonight marks the 3rd nights of riots, in London. Looters, thugs, criminals or all of the above involved in causing havoc and chaos. What started of as a peaceful protest in Tottenham has escalated into full on rioting and criminality across London. The scary thing is no-one really knows how to stop it. Watching pictures on the news channels is truly shocking, buildings alight, shop windows smashed and people vandalising police cars.

From everything I’ve seen and heard, it seems to be a load of young people having a laugh and trying to trash whatever they can and steal as much as they can. For the simple reason, that they can and will get away with it. Talk about cuts and disfranchised youths is nonsense. This is pure opportunism and criminality. Yes there are young people who are fed up and depressed about their future, but the ones who care about their future are not the ones responsible for this rioting. There are young people in England who live in ‘relative poverty’ and come from dysfunctional families. They may carry guns and knives and belong to gangs, but that does not give them an excuse or a right to commit these sorts of crimes. You can tell by the types of shops being looted, that these thugs are trying to simply get their hands on those goods which enhance their street cred and can be sold on to make a few quid. Some of these youths are so stupid that they haven’t even bothered to disguise themselves when making videos on their mobile phones.
Another point is that I don’t believe this is a black issue. Many of the youths rioting and looting are white as well as black. Some of the areas affected, like Croydon and Hackney do have a large black population but the actual looters are not only black.
Mark Duggan’s death, the catalyst which started the riots, is being investigated by the IPCC. Today it emerged that Duggan may not have fired at the police first, as was first stated. The Met Police have finally apologised to the family for not handling the family’s needs effectively.
The first night’s riots in Tottenham seemed to come from a frustrated community with a few opportunists looting and causing trouble. The next two nights seem wholly disconnected from the Mark Duggan killing. It is a shame that his family’s sorrow has been overtaken by rioting which have nothing to do with his death. Whether the police were acting in self defence the night they shot Mark dead, remains to be seen. I for one will be waiting patiently to hear the result of the IPCC investigation.

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One thought on “London Riots 2011

  1. As a Londoner and former resident of tottenham and Ealing, I am sickened by this behaviour. These thugs need to be stopped, but God knows how. Big respect to the front line police and fire officers out there tonight – they need hardcore military support. Bring out the tear gas! E_geek123

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