Wednesday, 10 August 2011
London Riots of 2011
Enough of the pictures I guess. This has nothing to do with writing but it is something that has really affected me.
What started out as a peaceful protest of the shooting of a man who hadn't even shot at the police in the first place, descended into chaos as mindless teenagers and those in their 20s decided to show the world how stupid they are. Violence has continued into the fourth night and has spread to other English cities.
This really makes me sad.
Last year, when students were protesting about the rise in tuition fees for unis (which was a 300% rise) made me feel proud. I was so happy that people my age could stand up for something they believed in. Young people got off their settees and went out into the streets to do something. Sure, some of these protests turned chaotic but they were generally peaceful. But this makes me ashamed to be a youth in England.
I know it's only a minority that are doing this, but it's still horrendous. People have been attacked in the streets. Innocent people have lost their homes and businesses and worst of all, these thugs seem to have no idea what they're doing. They're destroying their own community.
I love my town (I live close to London but not in London and thankfully, there has been no violence where I live) and I would never want to see it go up in flames. So how these idiots can damage their own homes, I don't know.
Some of these teens are just plain dumb. One girl said this is happening to show the police that young people can do what they want.
Some other teen said she was trying to get her taxes back. I didn't know people paid taxes to Currys (an electrics store) and at the age of 15.
I feel ashamed of being in the same age bracket as these idiots. And I really hope this stops soon and those involved are punished.
The youth of the Middle East rise up to get their freedom. The youth of England rise up for 40" plasma screen TVs. Disgusting.
Just a little update - It is sad but I feel the need to say this. It wasn't just young people in the riots. There were even parents of these thugs involved. What happened to decent parenting?