“What is happening is refusal by hundreds of thousands of youth to accept a world where they are destitute, with no jobs and no future.”
“Mindless violence” – “pure criminality” – “monsters taking over our streets” – the British politicians and media, from the Tories and Murdoch’s rabid tabloids to Labour and the liberal BBC, have closed ranks to denounce the tide of unrest sweeping the country’s cities.
But what is taking place on
Rebels portrayed as thugs
In an interview with the BBC Tuesday morning, Home Minister Theresa May set the official tone by ruling out of order any discussion whatsoever that the urban rebellions might be due to anything other than just “thieving and looting”.
But what was the spark that set off this firestorm of rage?
It was the killing of 29-year-old father of four Mark Duggan (pictured left) by the Metropolitan Police in the
Duggan was a resident of the Broadwater Farm Estate, a large social housing complex that was the setting for a powerful rebellion 26 years ago, when a police raid killed Cynthia Jarrett, the mother of a local community activist.
Mark Duggan was widely known in the local community, who have been shocked and angered as details of the killing have emerged. He was killed by the police after an armed unit stopped the mini-cab he was traveling in.
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