UK:What’s behind London riot?
Laaska News August 8,2011
At least 11 people, including 8 policemen, were injured during a riot in London in the early hours of Sunday. 9 of them were taken to hospital.
The riot started on Saturday night in Tottenham, a district in London’s north, populated mostly by national minorities. The district also includes areas with the highest unemployment rates in London.
On Thursday, a police officer killed a certain Mark Daggan, aged 29, in Tottenham. Daggan opened fire on the police when they tried to search his car. The policeman fired back and killed him.
On Saturday night, about 300 young people, mostly of African origin, gathered near a police station in Tottenham’s main street High Road, demanding to “restore justice” in Daggan’s case. However, they were quite peaceful until two police cars arrived. The young people started to throw stones and bottles – at first, empty, but, then, with petrol. Finally, both cars burned down. That probably didn’t seem enough for the young rebels, and they overturned a double-decker bus and started to loot nearby shops. A police detachment arrived, but it managed to stop the riot only by the morning. 42 people were arrested.
Mark Daggan’s case is already under investigation, but it’s still hard to say whether the policemen who searched his car went beyond orders. But it can be said for sure that the young people’s reaction on their comrade’s shooting was inadequate. It looks like some of them just used his death as a pretext for clashes with the police (who, as it must be noted, were quite civil this time) and shop looting.
This was the bloodiest riot in London in the last 25 years. And, this pogrom is evidence that the UK’s government’s policy of creating a multi-cultural country has ended with a failure. In fact, Prime Mister David Cameron has acknowledged this fiasco even before this night’s events. Millions of migrants do not adopt in the British society and bring nothing but a headache to the authorities.
Tottenham is one of the most troublesome districts in London. 90% of its population are migrants from UK’s former colonies in Africa. As it has already been said, Tottenham is a district with the highest unemployment rate in London.
To a certain extent, the anger of the young people about their comrade’s death can be understood. But pogroms are not the best way to fight for social justice.
David Cameron and his cabinet have already condemned the riot’s initiators. “The rioting was utterly unacceptable,” a spokesman for the Prime Minister said. “There is no justification for the aggression the police and the public faced, or for the damage of property.”
This all sounds right, but one may ask a question to the UK’s authorities: “O.K., ladies and gentlemen, you acknowledge yourselves that such pogroms are caused by unemployment and other social problems of national minorities. But what have you done to solve these problems?”