BBC censored on British riots


This video from Britain says about itself:

Joe Hill-Gibbins and Alecky Blythe talk about making The Girlfriend Experience.

By Julie Hyland in Britain:

BBC’s drama on UK riots banned

20 July 2012

A court order has banned the BBC from showing a dramatised film on the riots in London and other cities last August.

The docu-drama, written by the award-winning playwright Alecky Blythe, is based on confidential interviews with 270 of those involved in the disturbances, conducted as part of the Reading the Riots study for the Guardian and London School of Economics.

The film was due to be shown on BBC2 at 9 p.m. on Monday. It was pulled at the 11th hour after the ruling, banning its broadcast “by any media until further order”.

A short preview clip available for viewing on the BBC web site was also pulled after the order demanded it “be removed forthwith.” A second BBC film scheduled for Wednesday based on interviews with police officers was also banned.

The implications of the court order for democratic rights are all the more sinister given that, according to the Guardian, “For legal reasons”, it is forbidden to “name the judge who made the ruling, the court in which he is sitting or the case he is presiding over.”

In a brief statement the BBC said only, “A court order has been made that has prevented the BBC from broadcasting the programme The Riots: In their own Words tonight. We will put it out at a later date.”

Across the media the ban has been met with almost total silence.

This act of state censorship and the compliance of the media is of a piece with the official response to the riots, which erupted in Tottenham, north London on August 6 and swept across the capital and to other cities in England.

Triggered by the police killing of 29-year-old father of four, Mark Duggan, two days before, the disturbances spoke to the elemental social rage among thousands of young people against entrenched poverty, discrimination and police brutality.

From the outset, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government, supported by the Labour Party, the media, minority community leaders and others categorically rejected any social causes for the disturbances. They insisted that the riots were purely the product of a criminal “underclass”.

This libel against young people was used to legitimise state repression, which saw thousands arrested and made the subject of summary justice before specially convened kangaroo courts.

To date 1,290 mainly young people have been imprisoned, often on the most minimal charges, including several who were jailed for four years because they had made Facebook postings supportive of rioting. Entire families were threatened with eviction from social housing and the loss of benefits if any member was involved in the riots.

In the aftermath of the disturbances, the government ruled out an official inquiry into its causes, establishing a “Victims Panel” in its place whose sole purpose was to recommend harsher policing and “emergency plans” to deal with “public disorder.”

In the absence of any solid information on the ban and the legal case it relates to, one can only presume that the docu-drama, in which actors repeat transcripted interviews with some of those involved in the riots, was considered to be damaging to this official presentation of events.

Reading the Riots—the only comprehensive investigation into the disturbances so far—confirmed that police brutality, poverty and social injustice were the primary motivating factors for the disturbances. Time and again, the thousands interviewed for the study—drawn from all ethnic backgrounds and, in the main, aged between 16 to 24—described Duggan’s murder as the major trigger for their actions.

The government crackdown on London gangs in the wake of last summer’s riots has backfired leading to “chaos, violence and anarchy” it was claimed today: here.

Surveys of British youth find growing anger and despair: here.

Cameron’s Internet crackdown dangerous for Egyptian democrats


This video is called Online reaction to the Hosni Mubarak trial in Cairo.

From blogger Zeinobia in Egypt:

Thursday, August 11, 2011

This is not good for us Mr. Cameron

British PM David Cameron told the House of Commons yesterday Thursday the following :

“Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill. So we are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality”.

In other words the social media networks can [be] blocked in [the] UK to stop violence and disorder like for instance BBM and twitter not to mention Facebook.

More in Wired.

Now this is alarming on many levels because this is Britain, this is Europe where there are no boundaries for freedom of expression as far as it has been promoted for years.

This will definitely be used by the Mubarak defense team in the telecommunication blackout case especially now SCAF is firing back and defended Field Marshal Tantawy by leaking that he was against the decision of telecommunications blackout. The leak claims that he told former minister Tarek Kamel of telecommunications that he should ask the one who ordered him to cut the telecommunications if he wanted it back when the later asked him what to do!!

Already the Mubaraks’ supporters and bastards are defending their false idol and daddy’s decision to block the internet and to unleash their hate on Twitter and Facebook saying that if UK will think about this extreme to protect their society’s stability. “Their main platform currently, Twitter for the revolutionaries while Facebook is for the felol”

Forget about Egypt, think about other countries that can be harmed, now Bashar El Assad and other dictators will boldly block and even shut down the internet to protect the society and its so-called stability. “Too many crimes are made by the government for the sake of their own stability not their society’s real stability”.

I do understand when a country faces a real danger like for instance war or real terrorism, that there will be measures concerning the media, telecommunication and social media for sure but not in local protests and riots for God sake !

If looters used BBM and Twitter to know the places they can attack, Twitter and BBM were also used by thousands of British citizens to clean their community next day for God sake !!

Dear Mr. Cameron, you can block the whole internet in your country for weeks and even months but you can’t run away from our society’s economic and social problems. You are shooting the messenger.

The British Ambassador in Cairo made a video message to the Egyptians to tell them that it is safe to come to London.

After several days of destructive riots throughout the UK, British Prime Minister David Cameron is practically tripping over himself in his eagerness to sacrifice liberty for security: here.

How David Cameron changed his tune on social media: here.

London Rioters Vs. Stock Market Traders: Who’s More Destructive? Here.

“Why are the Tories having dinner tonight with the son of a Syrian ‘war criminal’?” asks Andy McSmith: here.

Revolutions, Anarchy & Austerity: Why London Won’t Be the Last City to Burn: here.

Say goodbye to the days of anonymity on the Internet: here.

UK government moves to clamp down on Internet, citing child pornography: here.

The Bureau Recommends a Bloomberg report on Western technology used by the Syrian government to monitor its citizens: here.

US railway blocked phones to quash protest. California transit provider interrupted wireless mobile service to hamper protesters angry over police shooting: here.

British 1970s-80s rebellion and music


This music video is called Steel Pulse – Jah Pickney, Rock Against Racism – Live 1979. Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland 1979.

By Tony Karon:

Babylon’s Burning (Again!): Top 10 British Riot Songs of the Early ’80s

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 11:25 pm

London’s streets have burned before, and not only during the Great Fire of 1666 or the Luftwaffe’s 1940 “Blitz“. The late 1970s saw England’s economy mired in recession, mass unemployment leaving youth alienated, angry and without hope. The streets burned with a continuous series of clashes between angry young people and authorities, playing out conflicts over racism and class inequality that lasted well in the mid-1980s. The drama and violence of those clashes also proved to be a cauldron of creativity, producing some of Britain’s most memorable music of the same era. Herewith, a personal playlist. (Post your own in the comments section):

The Sex Pistols

‘God Save the Queen’

If anything, the raw outrage and nihilism of the Sex Pistols anticipated the explosion of violence in the years that followed their 1977 debut album Never Mind the Bollocks. While they had little direct political inclination, their iconic “God Save the Queen” smashed a taboo against being rude about Britain’s national symbol, in order to trash the country’s delusions of grandeur and warn that their generation saw “no future in England’s dreaming”.

The Clash:

London’s Burning/White Riot

Unlike the Sex Pistols’ nihilism, the Clash saw themselves as revolutionary political activists, channeling the energy of punk into a fusion with reggae to mirror the unity of black and white British youth against the challenge of the fascist National Front. The Clash were the driving force behind the Rock Against Racism movement (slogan: Nazis are No Fun!) that gave the nascent punk and post-punk movements an unambiguous progressive politics, turning the streets against the poisonous racism of the National Front. The clip, above, is from the inaugural Rock Against Racism concert (with Sham 69’s Jimmy Pursey doing guest vocals), in what might be an anthem for the past week, “London’s Burning.” It’s followed by “White Riot”, a song inspired by the group having been present at the 1978 Notting Hill Gate festival that turned into a clash between police and black youth. The song’s message was unapologetically inflammatory: “All the power’s in the hands of the people rich enough to buy it; while we walk the streets, too chicken to even try it” — black kids weren’t afraid to throw a brick when under attack by the cops; it was time for white kids to follow suit.

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Fite Dem Back

If there was a chronicler of the black British youth rebellion of the 70s and ’80s, it was Linton Kwesi Johnson, a Jamaican-born dub-reggae poet who brought both the wit and the militancy of a Malcolm X to an uncompromising message that resonated with the streets: Black people would not be intimidated by the National Front’s menacing marches and threats of violence; if the fascists wanted war on the streets, LKJ and his peers were ready to dish out some righteous licks and “fite dem back”.

Johnny Osbourne

’13 Dead and Nothing Said’

In early 1981, tensions ran high in Britain with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher enforcing a harsh austerity program, and communities of color under attack from racist mobs and complaining of indifference (and worse) by police. A fire at a party in the south London neighborhood of New Cross killed 13 young black people in what many in the community believed was a racist arson attack. In the face of perceived police indifference, the New Cross Massacre as it became known sparked a massive protest movement. And some stirring songs, my favorite among them Johnny Osbourne’s “13 Dead and Nothing Said.”

The Ruts

Jah War

The message of everyone from LKJ to the Clash was taken up by others, including the Ruts, an all-white punk band that incorporated a reggae sound, nowhere more effectively than on “Jah War”, a searing commentary on police violence against black communities in London’s Southall area in 1979.

Sham 69

‘If the Kids Are United’

A street punk band with a street punk sound, Sham 69 was also present at the creation of Rock Against Racism and one of its first headline acts. Every movement needs its anthems, and “If the Kids Are United” was just the ticket.

The Beat

Stand Down Margaret

One of the more delightful by products of the cross-cultural fusion that occurred on the streets in the fight against Thatcherite austerity and National Front racism was the revival of ska in its amped up British form, personified by large ensemble bands such as the Beat and the Specials. Indeed, the Beat even incorporated Afropop guitar licks in their sweet poppy adaptation of Prince Buster’s rude reggae classic “Whine and Grind” into a polite if cheeky request to Margaret Thatcher to “stand down please!”

The Specials

‘It Doesn’t Make it Alright’

Those at the forefront of the scene that connected music with the politics of the streets were intimately aware of the constant danger of violence, and of the volatile situation just outside (or sometimes inside) the clubs at which they were playing. Probably the most heartfelt and beautiful anti-violence song of the era was the Specials plea for unity and against violence in “It Doesn’t Make it Alright.”

The Jam

That’s Entertainment

The Jam’s Paul Weller was musically perhaps the most gifted performer of that era, although he was barely 17 when Rock Against Racism began and his Mod-inspired band was on tour with the Clash. A fallout with the Clash may have alienated the band from the more overtly political scene initially, but the Jam went on to produce some of the most beautiful and poetic songs about growing up in Thatcher’s Britain and the politics of austerity — none more so than “That’s Entertainment”.

Elvis Costello

What’s So Funny (About Peace, Love and Understanding)?

Elvis Costello is arguably the finest song-writer in a generation, and his work is far too sophisticated to be pigeonholed in any narrow categories — indeed, it has traversed the spectrum. But he came of age in the same late ’70s cauldron as the Clash, and he took his pioneering New Wave sound onstage at one of the earliest Rock Against Racism concerts, leaving no doubt about his willingness to take sides — and to lend his own side a measure of humor and irony as a variation on the anger of some of his peers.

London riots: BBC apologises for accusing Darcus Howe – Telegraph: here.

Billy Bragg: Time for the voiceless to use music again: here.

A police officer was caught on CCTV allegedly kicking and beating a black teenager just hours after his colleague was recorded apparently racially abusing another young black man arrested during last summer’s London riots: here.

English riots´ aftermath


I predict a riot is the title of a song by the Kaiser Chiefs. Here the 'I' is changed to 'We' to provide an ironic comment on the use of excessive force by police during the G-20 protests, which resulted in the death of one man and 70 complaints by alleged victims or witnesses to brutality

Bristol, the sixth largest city in England with a metropolitan population of one million people, witnessed two nights of rioting on Monday and Tuesday last week. According to the Bristol Evening Post, hundreds of young people were involved in the areas of St Paul’s, Montpelier, St Werburgh’s, Kingswood, Stokes Croft and Cabot Circus shopping centre. Eyewitness accounts indicate the incidents erupted separately and were not the result of one group moving from one place to another: here.

Workers speak out on British riots: “The system is not viable”: here.

Government considers curfew powers following UK riots: here.

Jails were said to be on the brink of becoming “human warehouses” today as prisoner numbers hit a record high for the second week running in the wake of the riots: here.

Judge Andrew Gilbart’s release of Ursula Nevin from her five-month jail sentence for receiving a stolen pair of shorts stands out as an island of reason in an ocean of legal insanity: here.

UK riots: nearly 2,000 arrested so far, say police: here.

Prison reform campaigners said today the rush to remand suspected rioters in prison has “compounded a long-standing problem of excessive use of custody”: here.

Campaigners warned against police being allowed to act with impunity today after an alarming escalation in deaths in custody in recent weeks: here.

CRISPIN Blunt, the justice minister, announced yesterday that instructions were being issued to the courts to the effect that unemployed offenders sentenced to the new community payback scheme would be forced to work for eight hours a day in ‘community service’ and on the fifth day they should be forced to look for work: here.

An innocent man who spent nine days locked up after being wrongly accused of setting fire to a Miss Selfridge store in Manchester spoke of his prison “hell” today: here.

Three weeks after the outbreak of widespread rioting in London, the Metropolitan Police continue to hunt down anyone suspected of involvement: here.

One month after major disturbances were provoked by the August 4 police killing of Mark Duggan in north London, the Metropolitan Police are intensifying raids on working class neighbourhoods: here.

Last month’s riots were again linked to poverty today by new research that showed that more a third of those taken to court in London lived in the city’s poorest boroughs: here.

The riots triggered by the police killing of Mark Duggan on August 4 have unleashed a wave of legal repression, including numerous raids by armed response units seeking to arrest alleged rioters: here.

TUC: inequality and cuts lie behind riots: here.

The news that yet another person has died after a confrontation with the police brings the total of deaths arising out of such incidents to a staggering three in eight days that have involved the use of Taser stun guns and pepper spray: here.

UK television broadcasters—the BBC, ITN and Sky News—are in the process of handing over hundreds of hours of untransmitted video footage from the riots in London in August to the Metropolitan Police: here.

Saturday saw the 13th annual United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) march in protest at deaths in police custody and in secure psychiatric hospitals. The list of deaths in custody gets longer, and now stands at more than 3,100. The police killing of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four in Tottenham, which triggered August’s riots, brought many to the demonstration: here.

The wave of riots in numerous English cities this August did not lead to widespread disruption anywhere in Wales. Despite this, several people in Wales have been arrested for riot related offences, some of whom have been denied bail and handed highly disproportionate sentences: here.

Welsh Assembly Member Keith Davies demanded an apology at the weekend from the government and military for killings that took place in Llanelli during the 1911 railway strike: here.

USA: New York police anti-riot units were brought together last weekend at a training facility to prepare for an outbreak of civil unrest similar to those that have occurred recently in Britain: here.

England after the riots


Darcus Howe & Richard Seymour on UK Massive Social Unrest and Riots (Democracy Now!) 1 of 2 from Democracy Now! on Vimeo.

Darcus Howe & Richard Seymour on UK Massive Social Unrest and Riots (Democracy Now!) 2 of 2 from Democracy Now! on Vimeo.

Political and public pressure is driving a slew of “hysterical” sentencing from fast-track courts for offences related to England’s recent riots, a senior barrister warned today: here.

Campaigners labelled David Cameron “crass and insulting” today after he claimed that the recent riots had their roots in an “obsession” with health and safety legislation: here.

Council attempt to evict eight-year-old girl for brother’s alleged rioting: here.

Crown court judges in England handed down long jail sentences to two young men for posting comments on Facebook: here.

British economic crisis after the riots


Cameron and the English riots, cartoon

From daily News Line in Britain:

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

CAMERON BRINGING BACK NATIONAL SERVICE

PRIME Minister David Cameron announced plans for a National Citizen Service, as well as a crackdown on parents and school pupils, during a speech in Oxfordshire yesterday.

He claimed last week’s youth uprisings ‘were not about government cuts’, ‘not about poverty’, ‘this was about behaviour, people showing indifference to right and wrong.’

Equality campaigners slammed David Cameron’s attempt to blame parents and “fatherless” households for the recent riots as “cheap” today and called for a halt to social support cuts: here.

Pervasive unemployment and poverty in London areas hit by riots: here.

English riots: Daylight Robbery, Meet Nighttime Robbery, by Naomi Klein: here.

Driving families into greater poverty won’t address the despair of young people, says Jeremy Corbyn: here.

Punitive sentencing is a worrying sign of things to come, writes Liz Davies; here.

Britain’s employment rate is struggling to return to pre-recession levels because the government’s so-called austerity measures are hampering economic growth, union leaders warned today: here.

Britain after the riots, update


This video is called London Riots. A Leadership Crisis of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

David Cameron declared a “fightback” against the “moral collapse” of Britain today and dismissed warnings that the coalition’s austerity measures were behind last week’s devastating riots.

Tory Home Secretary Theresa May threatened today to “name and shame” children accused of taking part in last week’s riots across England.

British anti-conservative protests


This video is called George Galloway speaks to a trio of idiots on the England riots.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Protests in Birmingham and London call for an end to knee-jerk riots response

Sunday 14 August 2011

Peaceful demonstrations took place in England’s two biggest cities over the weekend in the wake of the riots which swept the country last week.

On Saturday around 2,000 people took part in a march from Dalston to Tottenham in north London, protesting at the demonisation of the area’s youth and at government cuts, which marchers argued had been a trigger for the disturbances.

Campaigners also called for justice for the family of Mark Duggan, the father of four shot dead by police in Tottenham, and demanded an end to discriminatory policing and the use of stop-and-search.

The peaceful procession was in stark contrast to the riots and looting that devastated large sections of London last week before spreading to other cities in England.

Trade unionists, political activists and local residents marched the roughly three miles to Tottenham town hall in a show of unity and opposition to government policy.

Demonstrators raised themes such as community cohesion and highlighted the government’s anti-social cuts such as ending the education maintenance allowance, closing youth services, abandoning deprived areas and slashing public-sector jobs.

Police adopted a largely hands-off approach to the event although at one point two officers decided to conduct a stop and search on one protester – a man wearing a top hat and carrying a rucksack and bouquet of flowers – sparking angry calls for an end to the practice.

The march concluded in a “people’s assembly” where anyone who wished to have their say was granted two minutes to do so.

One speaker was Hackney Trades Council president Brian Debus who condemned Tory leader David Cameron for branding certain sections of the community “sick” and for condemning the country’s youth without taking responsibility for the devastation the coalition was wreaking on poor communities.

Meanwhile thousands of people took part in a peace rally in Birmingham following the deaths of three young men last week when they were struck by a car during the disturbances.

Haroon Jahan and brothers Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir were struck by the car in the Dudley Road area of Winson Green, apparently as they were trying to protect shops from looters. All three were pronounced dead in hospital on Wednesday.

Police Complaints Commission lied about police shooting that sparked British riots: here.

From British daily News Line:

Monday, 15 August 2011

Crisis splitting Tories, police chiefs, and military

THE Tory leadership publicly lambasted what it termed the police chiefs’ ‘wrong tactics’ for dealing with the youth uprising, during the special sitting of the House of Commons last Thursday.

The police chiefs, instead of immediately flooding the areas with police stormtroopers, completely underestimated the situation, and were merely observing it, and rubbing their hands with glee at the numbers of youth that they would be able to arrest, at their leisure, in the aftermath, making use of the tens of thousands of CCTV cameras that are now positioned everywhere for this purpose.

The Tory elite were however on their summer-hols, didn’t have a clue as to the gravity of the situation, and had to be dragged back to face the music.

They decided to blame the police for this crisis, saying that it was not police cuts or any cuts that were causing the problems, but the wrong tactics of the police.

Senior police officers reacted with fury this weekend after the government announced it was to draft in US “gangs specialist” William Bratton to prevent a repeat of last week’s riots: here.

A question mark hung over the courts’ ability today to process hundreds of people charged over the riots in London: here.

A “wall of love” created by residents in Peckham, south-east London, following last week’s riots will be preserved permanently, Southwark Council revealed today: here.

USA: In a blatant violation of democratic rights, Bay Area Rapid Transit cut cell service as a preemptive strike against a protest over police brutality last week: here.

British riots news


This video from Britain says about itself:

New Labour MP Geoff Hoon is caught using taxpayers money to fund multiple homes. Luckily at the SAME time, the army he sent to their deaths in multiple wars had substandard equipment because “there was no money“.

Seems there was enough money for Hoon, but none to save the lives of those that came back in bodybags.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Ed Miliband said today that the rioters were no different from MPs who fraudulently claimed expenses, bankers who caused the economic crash or journalists who carried out phone hacking.

The Labour leader said the riots were a symptom of a society that has lost its sense of what is right and wrong.

He said: “There is an issue which went to all our souls. This is an issue not just about the responsibility and irresponsibility we saw on the streets of Tottenham. It’s about irresponsibility, wherever we find it in our society.”

Mr Miliband told Radio 4’s Today programme that Labour had laid some of the foundations for the riots which exploded last weekend.

“I deeply regret that inequality wasn’t reduced under the last Labour government.

“The fact that we are an unequal society is in the background of some of the things which have happened.

“There’s a debate some people are starting – is it culture, is it poverty and lack of opportunity? It’s probably both.”

Britain’s top police officers have hit back at the armchair criticisms made by David Cameron and other politicians over the police’s handling of the recent riots: here.

Cameron, like Mubarak, has shrugged off responsibilities to the populace – and chaos is the unsurprising result, argues Caroline Rooney.

Fifty per cent say spending cuts fuelled the riots.

David Harvey on the English riots: Feral capitalism hits the streets: here.

British riots and repression news


This video from Britain says about itself:

On this week’s WideShut Webcast Keelan Balderson discusses the England riots, the social and political problems that laid the groundwork, the dubious police shooting in Tottenham and subsequent attacking of a teenage girl. How the establishment might want to exploit the situation by implementing martial law or private security, and how non violent action is the best option for change.

Prime Minister David Cameron ignored pleas today from MPs in constituencies most affected by riots to reconsider crippling cuts to police: here.

Council authorities threatened tenants with eviction today if they or their children are found to be involved in rioting.

Prime Minister David Cameron mooted new powers yesterday to bar suspected rioters from accessing social networking sites following a series of arrests across Britain for alleged incitement: here.

David Cameron’s feeble Winston Churchill impression is wearing thin: here.

Chancellor George Osborne claimed today that the government’s savage cuts and austerity measures are making Britian a “safe haven” for economic recovery, despite all the evidence to the contrary: here.

British right spreads anti-youth message: here.

Artists and campaigners will paint a real picture of the damage caused by public-sector cuts at a union-sponsored festival in Edinburgh over the coming days.

Youth charities have urged the government against making hasty decisions in driving through its cuts programme following mass rioting across the country.

The National Union of Journalists condemned Rupert Murdoch today following news that he’s raking in the profits despite the ongoing scandal engulfing his media empire.

Crime reduction charities called for restraint after children as young as 11 appeared in the dock today following four days of rioting that has rocked England.