This video from London, England is called SHOCKING Footage: BBC Presenter Attacks Black Veteran Over London Riots – Aug 09 2011.
Public sector cutbacks could lead to riots, says police chief
From British daily The Morning Star:
Bullets won’t solve anything
Tuesday 09 August 2011
For all the sense that David Cameron spoke following the Cobra emergency committee meeting, he might as well have stayed in his luxury Tuscan villa.
Cameron tried hard to appear big and butch, warning people what his even harder mates in the police would do to them.
It is difficult to imagine a more wooden and meaningless formulation than his punchline, “This is criminality pure and simple and it has to be confronted and defeated.”
The Prime Minister had plenty of advice from the usual law-and-order lobby for whom a major problem is misplaced concern for people’s human rights.
Put the army on the streets, wheel out the water cannon and plastic bullets and let the police get stuck into rioters without fear of consequences, they chorus.
Police in Britain could have had water cannon and plastic bullets at their disposal during past disturbances, but their overwhelming judgement was that they would cause more problems than they solve.
If the government really is considering deployment of plastic rounds in response to the current situation, this would be a retrograde step.
Those authorised to use them are given strict firing instructions, but things don’t always go to plan in the heat of the moment.
How long after their introduction will it be before a youngster dies as a result of a plastic bullet direct strike on the head?
Cameron warned young people involved in these riots that they would “feel the full force of the law,” hinting at custodial punishments.
The PM must know that the prison population is at an all-time high, placing additional pressure on overstretched prison officers who face privatisation of their service and attacks on their pay and conditions.
Similar problems confront those at the sharp end of the riots – police officers and firefighters, who are targeted by the government’s cuts agenda.
Cameron completed his speech without mentioning these false economies or the plethora of cuts imposed on young people, from funding for youth clubs, sports facilities, educational maintenance allowance, housing benefit and much else besides.
Add to that the fact that half of black youth aged 16-24 is unemployed and the wonder is not that riots have broken out but that they didn’t occur earlier.
It is meaningless complaining that many teenagers show no respect without appreciating the reality that they too are often treated without respect.
People with a job, a home and a future don’t riot.
Government should be investing in such an outcome rather than in overseas wars, nuclear weapons and tax breaks for big business and the rich.
If people feel excluded from society, there is no value in criticising them for anti-social attitudes.
Homes and businesses must be protected, which means that police have to have resources to contain violent outbreaks.
However, there must also be government investment for jobs, services and benefits to deliver a society at peace with itself rather than sharply divided into haves and have-nots.
It was true in the ’80s and it’s true now that aggressive and racist policing leads to civil unrest, argues Ann Czernik.
Top police officer warns against use of plastic bullets on rioters: here.
The inquest into the fatal shooting by police of Tottenham man Mark Duggan heard today that he was killed by a single shot to the chest: here.
Probe shows “no evidence” the man who was fatally shot in UK in incident that sparked riots had opened fire at officers: here.
White racist violence in London: here.
Violence ‘has exposed Britain’s broken society’: here.
A Hackney woman watched online by almost a million nationwide after she was videoed denouncing the riots spoke exclusively to the Morning Star on Monday following her speech: here.
With media sources blaming “anarchy” for the unfolding violence in London and across England, the North London Solidarity Federation has released the following statement as a response from an anarchist organisation active in the capital: here.