UK Newswire Archive
10-08-2011 08:41Known to be the most dangerous orphan in times of revolution, Le Gavroche has taken a break from sleeping inside elephants to write a book analyzing the dialectical process creating what he calls 'Super-Tyranny'.
10-08-2011 02:53BBC Radio Manchester phone in: a guy called Steven has phoned in to describe how a police officer set his dog on him and let it maul his leg so badly that he he needs surgery.
10-08-2011 00:48Darcus Howe, writer and broadcaster names the 2011 riots an insurrection on the BBC. In this important turn in the discourse on the 2011 riots, Darcus Howe also links these events with those in Greece Syria and other parts of the world.
Canning Circus police station was firebombed by a group of 40 males at around 10pm. 8 arrests made. The rest have got away for now.
Earlier this evening 10 were arrested after a group of youths climbed on the roof of the elite private school, Nottingham High School. There were also two arrests after rocks were thrown at Bulwell police station.
Latest reports suggest the Golden Fleece has been attacked. Student residences on Peel Street also being attacked. Reports of disturbances on Mansfield Road.
09-08-2011 22:29The BBC news channel has just been showing live coverage of rioting and looting in the centre of Manchester.
09-08-2011 20:25Going too far: Someone has created a web site to incriminate any people photographed in the London riots.
When the youth of a nation is disenfranchised from political expression, their last recourse and most basic form of expression is violence. When the politicial parties use spin and blatant lies to claim the vote of the impoverished and vulnerable persons of a nation, and then stab them in the back once in power, the poor have no other way to express their frustration and indignation than wreaking misery on others. When justice evades those who only have that to cling to, the result is a deeply emotional reaction to this misplaced trust in authority and to those who are still winning in the system. This is the story of the UK riots.
The question on everyone else's lips (if they are ever allowed to overcome their own anger) would be why so many young people smashed so much of London in just three days of destruction.
For this impoverished class who like everyone else aims for satisfaction, respect and hope, the final splinter that held them intact was removed from them.
Maybe we should be reminded of what their world looks like. The advertising flashed into their minds keeps reminding them of the need to consume and as the jobs dry up their inability to fulfil this need with new objects to maintain them distracted emotionally staggers them to the monotony of facing up to their brokenness, their emptiness. Then comes the moment when the reality that even in death they will not receive justice, as happened in the alleged murder of Mark Duggan. It is then, inflamed by the police's customary disregard for emotional expression and desire to protect its own (especially when also under attack themselves from recent reviews of the service) that they react in the only way they can.
Frustration is common to all, especially in these economically unstable times, but most have ways of expressing it, and it is unlikely anyone will help the least favoured of society in that way, especially as that bridge to this underclass, social welfare, is gradually diminished by a Tory government hell-bent on neo-liberal, market-driven politics.
It is clear that when the authorities totally dismiss the basic rights of this section of the population, this group will want to vent their anger into some form of response. When crime is an everyday part of survival and the police are the common enemy, prison is no longer feared and to get their own back at those who curtail their enjoyment, they serve their own justice on the police and the propertied class.
The looting is just a mere realisation once the anger is vented, that they must live another day and they need those objects to make themselves feel content throughout the long winter as an alternative to drugs or more violence.
The press only represent their readers and never represent the poor's true hopes, desires and outcries, stereotyping them as criminals and destroying their ability to function healthily in a society ruled by the commodities they cannot afford.
Such is the fate of this underclass of British society, many who are black, because of the imperialistic, colonialist policies of the British for hundreds of years whose racist, jingoist past rarely lifts these people past the roles of the slaves of the white supremacist. Their is no respect for their different culture or of the pain that is ongoing within their families because of this rejection as they try to prove themselves to be worthy partners in the building of this country. Their humility and humanity far outweighs the proud middle class, whose conservative, egocentric views see only profit and property as the only denonimators on which to judge people.
Maybe this moment of disbelief should be used to re-evaluate what a multi-cultural society really means, and not to think that the poor will ever have the same opportunities or starting point as the white middle class who participates in business and politics and therefore have avenues for expression. If they do not, as I suspect will happen, the only recourse of the middle class will be more repression, which only leads to more violence, a spiral that will only stop when the prisons are full to overflowing or the last shop has been broken.
09-08-2011 18:56Following a facebook call about a riot in Gravesend today
09-08-2011 18:40A guidebook to post-civilized culture, including what it might entail and how we will survive. The book will contain a large amount of practical knowledge for survival including how we can build sustainable housing and grow food in a regenerative way.
09-08-2011 18:08Myself and various friends have received all sorts of misinformation today regarding the apparent rioting in Oxford, including riots in Cowley, riots on the Cowley Road, riots in Headington. This isn't quite the story so far as I can see.
Reports on incidents on Behtnal Green Road
Didn't see this reported elsewhere, so thought I 'd post here. There were some incidents involving rioters and police yesterday evening on Bethnal Green Road. I was there at around 19:30, and witnessed a group of maybe 200 people there on the streets, and some police presence, including riot police and a police horse van turned up at some point.
I didn't stay that long ; the situation was tense, with stand-offs with short bursts of confrontation. Today I saw that there were some broken windows, though the damage was clearly targeted : local businesses (apart from a pub) were left intact, and banks (barclays, halifax) and chains (tescos) had some windows broken. Something was burning yesterday though I couldn't see what it was - from the remains today I guess it was a bin.
Today the tension on Bethnal Green Road is palpable. Just walked there, at around 4pm. Some shops have gone for pre-emptive boarding (a gambling shop) ; others have emptied their stocks (a shoe-shop). A lot of shops are closed that would otherwise be open. Tension is in the air, though I don't see any evidence of people gathering or anything ready to happen.
09-08-2011 15:17peoples assembly has been called for tomorrow (wednesday) 5pm Parliament Square
09-08-2011 15:13The rioting and looting which followed the shooting of Mark Duggan by the police has been called an 'outrage' and an 'atrocity', terms usually reserved for murder and genocide rather than the burning of department stores.