ENGLAND RIOTS AUG 2011
12th August 2011 What started as a peaceful demonstration on Saturday 6th August 2011 in Tottenham London N17 to demand “justice”, after local man Mark Duggan, 29, was shot dead by police on Thursday, has now spread to riots all over England's major cities where youths have targeted shopping centers looting and stealing everything and anything. Televisions, mobile phones, computers, electrical gadgets and cash have been their looting priority.
Currys, Argos, Comet and PC World were emptied as crowds carried away flat screen televisions computers and laptops during the mayhem that followed.
The Tottenham riot mood spread to other parts of London on Sunday night and early Monday morning as copycats created their own disorder looting shops and rioting. By Monday afternoon Hackney, Ealing, Brixton, Peckham, Camden and then Croydon were engorged in fire followed in the evening by other major UK cities;
Birmingham 100 arrests as youths bring chaos to Bullring area, Liverpool City hit by 5 hours of violence and Bristol clashes in St Paul's and Stokes Croft. By Tuesday hoodies from Nottingham, Leeds, Bedfordshire, Manchester, Wolverhampton, West Bromwich and Kent have copied the rioters.
More than 1600 people have been arrested so far but it is expected the list will grow as police track down the rioters.
The Police have been overwhelmed by the size of the youth revolt and resources are stretched to breaking point with all Police leave cancelled and all Special Constable's being called up for duty. David Cameron has returned from his Italian holiday to attend a COBRA meeting to discuss strategy which resulted in an increase of police officers in London to 16000 and the use of force.
Tottenham is a regrettable instance in which a criminal’s death ignited the tinder box in an impoverished and struggling community. We are likely to see this again and again throughout the world as the trend is getting bleaker for many people. When life becomes hopeless, people lose their sense and responsibility. That is not an excuse. It is simply the truth.
People can best protect themselves by resisting criminal elements and cooperating with authorities in partnership for community safety.
London Riots: Business Sense at Work
One has to admit that it is not the opportunities for doing business that are particularly needed. Nor it is the business sense as such that should be communicated to youngsters. The London Craiglist posting suggests that business sense is sound, sorted, and actually works. However, every success in business depends on life skills, and it is these skills that are severely denied to the now rioting mob. Until the society and the Government acknowledge this and start promoting team work, discipline, and responsibility among young people, riots and any other form of antisocial behaviour are unlikely to stop.
"At the heart of all the violence sits the street gangs. Territorial, hierarchical and incredibly violent, they are mostly composed of young boys, mainly from dysfunctional homes. They are unemployed and earn money through crime, particularly drugs, and are bound together by an imposed loyalty to an authoritarian gang leader. They have blighted life on their estates with gang-on-gang murders and unprovoked attacks on innocent bystanders.
"I want us to use the record of success against gangs in some cities like Boston in the USA and indeed the Strathclyde police in Scotland, who have done this by engaging the police, the voluntary sector and local government. I want this to be a national priority."
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