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Last night there were a number of disturbances in Tottenham, North London that resulted in looting and rioting after the shooting (carried out by the police) of a young male named Mark Duggal. They set a number of things alight, including this double decker bus. Commander Adrian Hanstock said that a peaceful vigil had been “hijacked” by mindless thugs. A whole area of people in a densely populated city do not just do this for “no reason”; the media’s underplaying of this whole affair is a testament to their trying to squash any sort of uprising that takes place. Up to fifty people were arrested, and twenty six officers arrested.This is the latest of spontaneous violence taking place, although spontaneous it may be labelled by the media, these undercurrents of dissatisfaction have been flowing for a few months now, and felt by all the population. Issues such as high unemployment, economic inactivity and poverty. As in that Guardian article I’ve linked, there have been allegations of police brutality against people as young as sixteen.The Metropolitan Police of London have a reputation for this sort of brutality, and to some extent, always have. Remember Jean Paul de Menezes who was incorrectly identified as a terrorist, proceeded to run when chased, and then shot and killed because of his "threatening manner". Needless to say, nobody was prosecuted or even put in jail for his death; just following orders, right? Or the recent London Student Protests, or even allegations of corrupting in complacency in the phone hacking scandal? Boris Johnson said he was “appalled at the scenes of destruction of violence”. I’m appalled too, not by the destruction or violence, but the brutality and hardship that pushed people into this, the hypocrisy at being shocked by these scenes when the military causes destruction like this but on larger scales and of course, the quick consensus to “brush this under the carpet”. If the issues aren’t dealt with here and now, it’ll be one of the first riots of many yet to come. 

Last night there were a number of disturbances in Tottenham, North London that resulted in looting and rioting after the shooting (carried out by the police) of a young male named Mark Duggal. They set a number of things alight, including this double decker bus. Commander Adrian Hanstock said that a peaceful vigil had been “hijacked” by mindless thugs. A whole area of people in a densely populated city do not just do this for “no reason”; the media’s underplaying of this whole affair is a testament to their trying to squash any sort of uprising that takes place. Up to fifty people were arrested, and twenty six officers arrested.

This is the latest of spontaneous violence taking place, although spontaneous it may be labelled by the media, these undercurrents of dissatisfaction have been flowing for a few months now, and felt by all the population. Issues such as high unemployment, economic inactivity and poverty. As in that Guardian article I’ve linked, there have been allegations of police brutality against people as young as sixteen.

The Metropolitan Police of London have a reputation for this sort of brutality, and to some extent, always have. Remember Jean Paul de Menezes who was incorrectly identified as a terrorist, proceeded to run when chased, and then shot and killed because of his "threatening manner". Needless to say, nobody was prosecuted or even put in jail for his death; just following orders, right? Or the recent London Student Protests, or even allegations of corrupting in complacency in the phone hacking scandal? 

Boris Johnson said he was “appalled at the scenes of destruction of violence”. I’m appalled too, not by the destruction or violence, but the brutality and hardship that pushed people into this, the hypocrisy at being shocked by these scenes when the military causes destruction like this but on larger scales and of course, the quick consensus to “brush this under the carpet”. If the issues aren’t dealt with here and now, it’ll be one of the first riots of many yet to come. 

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