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On the English Insurrection

On 6th August 2011, England erupted. First Tottenham, then Hackney, then all across London and beyond to Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester and even Gloucester erupted in the most widespread wave of insurrectionary activity in a century. Sparked by the death of a man at police hands, further escalated by a beating dished out to a young girl who turned up at the police station to demand answers, these have been labelled riots – which is of course correct. But riots on this scale and of this widespread can only be considered an insurrection.
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Policing & Justice in the Context of Uprisings

The events of the weekend in London shows the level of anger present in local communities in the capital of the UK. Riots unseen since the early 1980s have raged for two days across a seven mile stretch of North London. This occurs in the context of uprisings across Europe, particularly in Greece and Spain as austerity measures kick in and ordinary people feel the pain of the banker’s crisis. With the euro plummeting, and no end in sight to the chaos, it is unlikely that this pain will cease anytime soon. The character of the events in London are very different however to that which has happened in Greece. The politics of the situation, high on the foreground in Greece fueling the anger are less overt in the London Riots – where the anger is more guttural and less well channelled, ignited and fuelled by a Metropolitan police force which is rapidly being exposed as corrupt, unaccountable and fundamentally untruthful.

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