The most comprehensive statistics published so far on people charged over the August riots in England reveal they were poorer, younger and of lower educational achievement than average.
You saw it happen on the news and read about it in the papers. Maybe you were told it was brought about by unbridled consumerism, or were fed the convenient deceit by politicians and the media that the disenfranchised poor of our nation were fighting the police and smashing up their neighbourhoods because they wanted a new pair of trainers.
And now research published by the University of Oxford has suggested that the riots were actually linked to economic inequality and distrust of the police. Martin Luther King said that when people feel they have no stake in society, they may unconsciously want to destroy it.
Evidence now seems to substantiate this claim. Without that stake, without any status, the downtrodden poor lost their social inhibitions. They were no longer willing to take inequality and injustice lying down. And I say this from painful personal experience. Little Revolution review — Hackney riots from the sidelines Read more I was there in the London borough of Hackney as the riots broke out.
I heard the furious voices of kids on our burning streets: This was no party. But back in Augustto my shame, I played a role in that summer of disorder.
At the time I was living on the streets and suffering from depression. I had lost my job, my home, and I was angry with the world.
What did I do? I threw a yogurt in the air, I pushed over a shopping trolley and I passed a bottle of stolen wine into the hands of a stranger.
Sometime afterwards I presented myself to the police. Though I had injured no one, I was charged with two counts of violent disorder. I was also charged with burglary — non-domestic.
Yet standing in the dock I knew I had done something wrong and so I simply pleaded guilty. I undertook 75 hours of community service. I found myself cleaning a church every Saturday. When my sentence was complete I decided I would continue my community service.
Because by then I had learned, rubbing polish into an altar, that active citizenship is essential for any functioning democracy. It must be earned daily through continuous acts of virtue. As I looked back at those Londoners who had come out with their brooms the next daysweeping up after irresponsible people like me, I decided I wanted to join them.
I came to realise that power can only be contested with power, not by running amok and tossing dairy products around It is perfectly natural to feel rage in the face of injustice, but I learned that there are better ways to express that anger. I learned that only through constructive political action can we fulfil the promise of a better future in which we are able to clothe, feed, and house our families in conditions of liberty, equality and democracy.
I came to realise that power can only be contested with power, not by running amok and tossing dairy products around the streets. Now the smoke has cleared, we must have an honest discussion about what happened during those depressing summer days.Aug 23, · Some thought on the UK riots: The riots in Americam citys after Martin Luther King was shot was the final weight on the scales that brought about the passage of the civil rights act, a momenteous change for the better in American society.
Had there been no riots after his assasination, his cause. The England riots between 6 and 11 August , when thousands of people rioted in cities and towns across England, saw looting, arson, and mass deployment of police, and resulted in the deaths of five people.
Protests started in Tottenham, London, following the death of Mark Duggan, a local man who was shot dead by police on 4 August. Last April's riots in Brixton, south London were caused by serious social and economic problems affecting Britain's inner cities, a report has said.
The French riots was a three-week period of riots in the suburbs of Paris and other French cities, in October and November These riots involved youth of African, North African, and (to a lesser extent) French heritage in violent attacks, and the burning of cars and public buildings..
The unrest started on 27 October at Clichy-sous-Bois, where police were investigating a reported. 'The rioting is only the extreme end of the spectrum of bad behaviour by British youth and young adults.' Mr Daniels, who often writes for The Spectator under the pseudonym Theodore Dalrymple, said the riots 'did not emerge from a cultural vacuum' but was rather 'the British way of life'.
Aug 12, · London and UK riots: live Rolling coverage of the aftermath of the riots and looting, as police angrily reject criticism from the government, and hundreds more accused appear in court.