London = Cairo?

In London, huge riots erupted Saturday night in the poor area of Tottenham after a 29-year-old man had been killed by the police. The riots spread to other districts of London Sunday night, more than 160 persons were arrested.

The residents attributed the incidents to local tensions and to anger of the way police is treating the people in the poor neighborhood where unemployment and poverty are high. The politicians, though, don‘t want to hear anything about police brutality – for an example watch this movie of how officers are beatening a 16-year-old girl on Saturday – or the social problems that will deepen further with the planned cuts on the social system. Listen what they say…

    „London’s Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse blamed the violence on a relatively small number of criminals […]: „This is quite a small group of people within our community in London who … are frankly looking for stuff to nick (steal). They are picking particular kinds of stores, whether it’s because they want a new set of trainers or whatever,“ he told Sky News.

And though the residents said that they can understand why this happened and many even joined, the politician are seeing this quite different:

    Local member of parliament David Lammy said many of those arrested had come in from outside the area and organized the disorder on social messaging sites. „The weekend’s violence was not a race riot, it was an attack on the whole of the Tottenham community, organized on Twitter.“ (source: Reuters)

Ah. This argumentation sounds pretty common to all who followed egyptian politics the last months:

1. Protest, of course, are never done by protesters – as already Mubarak knew all protesters are always criminells/thugs.
2. Protest never have to do anything with the problems in the country or in the place where they take place, they are organized (!) by „forces from outside“ (SCAF) that want to destroy the country/city/district – and of course the always organize through twitter and facebook (and eat at Kentucky Fried Chicken).

Have the read the last declarations of the SCAF? And have they seen where Mubarak is now?

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2 Antworten auf „London = Cairo?“

  1. 1 Christian 12. August 2011 um 21:56 Uhr

    I honestly hope, that you do not really want to compare the protests in Egypt, which were also motivated by the wish for freedom rights, and the riots in GB, which are aimless and without requests.

  2. 2 Administrator 21. August 2011 um 22:40 Uhr

    No, I‘m comparing the way a government is reacting to protests, not the protests itself. Still I think there are, beyond all differences, some common points between the protests in GB and Egypt, and a simple dinstinction between „good“ and „bad“ protests arise partly from missing information and incomplete pictures of boths. The egyptian revolution was not as peaceful as european media like to show, and scenes like in GB happened in Egypt too, although they were just one part of the revolution. Nearly all stores in the center of Cairo and many other parts were robbed, some policemen that were catched were killed by the protesters. And both protests have one common source: The way people or groups of people are being ignored or treated by authorities, the feeling of „not being able to speak“, of having no future, of not being considered a human with rights, of constant discrimination and humiliation by police and state officials. In this regard, the experience of a black young men without work in GB doesn‘t differ so much from the one of a young egyptian without money and connections to the regime.

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