Britain Burns: London riots – poorest communities in rage

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  1. Police Beating A 16 Year Old Girl Sparked London Riots Violence

    The riots in London have spread into neighbor suburbs tonight as reports emerge that peaceful protests turned violent after Police started beating a 16 year girl. Evidence has also emerged that police lied about the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of the man which sparked the initial protests.

    http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/08/07/report-police-beating-girl-16-sparked-london-riot-violence-spreads-2nd-night-51391/

  2. ‎”When you cut facilities, slash jobs, abuse power, discriminate, drive people into deeper poverty & shoot people dead whilst refusing to provide answers or justice, the people will rise up & express their anger & frustration if you refuse to hear their cries. A riot is the language of the unheard”. Martin Luther King

  3. London riots: ‘People feel like caged animals’
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14443866
    High population density levels, poverty and unemployment are to blame for scenes of unrest in Tottenham over the weekend, according to a local resident.
    Speaking to the BBC, Rizwana Hamid said there was a sense of “animals being caged” in the area, which had led to “a boiling up of tensions”
    More than 100 people were arrested and 35 police officers injured in two nights of rioting and looting in Tottenham, Enfield, Walthamstow and Brixton.

  4. Boff Whalley: ‘In defence of anarchy’

    It’s the catch-all term that’s being used to describe this week’s riots. But is this really anarchy? Not even close, says Chumbawumba’s Boff Whalley, a self-professed anarchist.

    ANARCHY SPREADS!” So ran the front-page headlines of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail this week. Add in the Daily Star’s “ANARCHY IN THE UK” and The Sun’s “ANARCHY” and you have the print media’s current (and ongoing) favourite catch-all word: anarchy. Just the ticket for a spot of lazy demonising.

    I became an anarchist, gradually, after seeing the Sex Pistols on our black-and-white TV in Burnley in 1976. Thirty-five years later, I still label myself an anarchist, albeit with various philosophical explanations and political definitions. For most of those 35 years I’ve played in a band – Chumbawamba – whose crowning moment (according to the demonising press) was chucking a bucket of water over the deputy prime minister John Prescott at an awards ceremony.

    Chumbawamba began life in 1982 as an anarchist collective; it remains so to this day. Our working principle, inspired less by theoretical posturing than by the practicalities of working together as a group, was (and is) “equal pay, equal say”…

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