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Shikari wrote: »
Your opinions on this? I think this is a fair bit true.
[email protected] wrote: »
I quite enjoyed this article : http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/09/uk-riots-psychology-of-looting?CMP=twt_gu
Arctic Roll wrote: »
G-Raffe, the real problem is that the Metropolitan Police will kettle students and beat the shit out of peaceful protesters in Fortnum and Mason but then when you get proper violence they're nowhere to be seen. They're big and hard when they're beating the shit out of a kid in a wheelchair but when some little scrote has a Molotov cocktail they vanish into thin air. That's what people are upset about.
SuzyCreamcheese wrote: »
I agree, but i think most of the police are as pissed off with the government as anyone, with the huge cuts to the policeforce, it wouldnt surprise me if a lot of them wanted to show how much trouble can get out of hand without a good police presence
Slartibartfast wrote: »
I said something like that the other day on Twitter and was told that I was being too cynical
katralla wrote: »
Also, everybody looking for or giving one answer for the riots will be wrong, the answers may overlap, as do the communities affected and blah blah blah. There is no master answer.
CptCoatHanger wrote: »
This is the crux of the matter as I see it. Left and right have immediately reached for their cookie cutter explanations and have made gaining proper insight largely impossible.
chou4555 wrote: »
ps.. I have to say that I thought the brixton riots were worse (1981 I think) Just so much more burning and violence. I was on the periphery of that (as a bystander) and I thought the whole of London would go up in flames!)
G-Raffe wrote: »
I think the above is a really good idea, anyone in the area should get along to it if they can.
Though call me cynical if you must; I'm a little perturbed that it is being hosted by unison and RMT? If it is an event in which these unions are trying to protect services their members work within then that is fine. What makes me a little uneasy is that some might view this as the unions trying to politicise these events.