August 2011 Economic Riots of the UK


Aug 11, 2011

Robin Hood Riots

NewsRescue- The August riots in the United Kingdom which followed UK cops assassinating a black minority, Mark Duggan, who was shot dead in a cab in Tottenham, have been referred to by the UK Prime minister as the work of thugs and criminals. More than 2,200 people have been arrested countrywide. Many view the thousands of disgruntled youth breaking into stores and burning buildings as ‘looters’. This can not be further from the truth. The riots in England are simply ‘economic riots‘. The well defined target- Corporate Britain. It is no coincidence that one in 10 retail and leisure firms had been affected by the disturbances.

Related: Firms warn of lasting damage from riots to economic recovery

The Robin Hood Riots

There are different types of riots, they could be political, in which case the people see the government as the main enemy and attack and burn establishment. This was the common type of riots in the Middle East, where the people blamed the governments for the hardships and inflation. Riots could also be economical, where the economic industry is targeted for being, more importantly than the government, the root cause of hardship and inflation. These were the riots of the UK this August. Dubbed by some as the Robin Hood riots, after a British 13th century folklore (Rabunhood), of a villain who lived in Sherwood forest, that used to rob the rich to feed the poor.

BBC Leana Hosea speaks to Croydon looters in famous “Robin Hood audio

Excerpts from above “Robin Hood audio”, video of BBC correspondent, Leana Hosea’s interview of some young proletariat’s in the heat of the riot.

Rioting girls: ..everyone was just gon onna riot, just goin mad, like…chuckin things, chuckin bottles
breaking into stuff, breakin into shops…it’s madness… but it ‘s good though, it’s alright, it’s good though

Leana Hosea: Misses!
So you are drinking bottle of…Rose wine, half-five in the morning

Rioting girls: Yeah, free alcohol, ha ha

Leana Hosea: And you been drinking all night

Rioting girls: Yeah… Like it’s the governments fault..$^$#….we showing the police we can do what we want
yeah, that’s what it’s all about- showing the police we can do what we want, and now we have!

Leana Hosea: So you reckon it’ll go on tonight?

Rioting girls: Yeah, hopefully, hopefully, definitely

Leana Hosea: But why is this targeting local people, your people?

Rioting girls: It’s the rich people, it’s the rich people, the people that have got businesses, and that’s why all of this is happening, because of the rich people, so we here to show the rich people we can do what we want.

A Growing Wealth Gap

Wealth gap - Pew research center

Wealth gap - Pew research center

The world is at a point where the gap between the rich and poor is at its highest in recent times. Corporate business runs and owns governments, Wall street owns the US government and Canary Wharf owns the UK government. The young masses know this, they see this as the enemy. Frustrated youth are no longer complacent. This was not looting. This was a riot against Corporate Britain. Descriptions of the ”looters” by the government and prime minister, David Cameron as “sick people”, ordinary “thugs”, and “criminals”,  with “poor parenting”, were extremely insulting and with intention to distort the truth.

The pre-planned housing market crash and recession was developed to further expand the wealth gap. The survey below shows the impact of the recession on the gap between blacks and whites in the United States. In 2004, whites were 10 times wealthier than blacks. By 2007-2009, courtesy of the housing collapse, homes being the popular only asset of minorities, the gap had expanded with whites being 20 times wealthier than black minorities.

Mr Darcus Howe, a 50 Year UK resident speaks about the “Insurrection” on BBC

Families of rioters to be evicted

It is inevitable that the western world will continue to see more economic riots as have occurred from Greece to the UK. Rather than address the root of the crises, Prime minister David Cameron revoltingly said: “Let’s make sure if people riot and break the law they get thrown out of their council house.”

According to the Mirror, Wandsworth announced on Friday that the first eviction notice had been served – to the mother of an 18-year-old boy accused of violent disorder and attempted theft. The teenager had not yet been convicted.

Chris Goulden, programme manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation charity, condemned the actions. “There’s a real danger here. The courts are there to punish wrongdoing through the justice system. It’s not fair for a family to suffer because of the action of one individual. It means families who happen to be living in that kind of accommodation are punished twice, double what anyone else in society would be.” –Guardian

Eviction threat for family of 12-year-old wine stealer

The family of a 12-year-old boy photographed stealing a bottle of wine during riots in Manchester are now facing the possibility of eviction from their council house. –Telegraph

David Cameron gone bunkers?

Prime Minister David Cameron has criticized police for being too timid in their attempts to gain control of the rioting and looting. Sir Hugh Orde, head of the Association of Chief Police Officers, lashed out Cameron’s decision to hire Bratton, questioning his expertise.

“I am not sure I want to learn about gangs from an area of America that has 400 of them,” Orde said of Los Angeles.

“It seems to me, if you’ve got 400 gangs, then you’re not being very effective. If you look at the style of policing in the states, and their levels of violence, they are fundamentally different from here.”- Edmonton.CTV

Related: NewsRescue- The London Riots and How They Will be Used to the Elite’s Advantage

William Richard Baker of 4Freedom.ning in his article, “Pay back is a B*tch”, said:

Lets get NATO to bomb them rioters,(insurgents), (Resistance fighters), (Rebels), if they say they are forming a government will they be recognised by Cameron? And then armed secretly to kill normal citizens? Is there any difference between what the insurgents did in Libya burning, looting and killing that was recognised as a government by the UK than these rioters now in the UK. Double standards seem to come back and bite you on the arse Mr Cameron.


UK riots: Iran calls on UN to intervene over ‘violent suppression’

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticised the UN security council for remaining silent over the riots in Britain.
Having already offered to send an expert team to investigate human rights abuses amid the riots, the Iranian regime has gone one step further and called on the UN security council to intervene over the British government’s handling of the unrest rocking the country.

Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, condemned the British government for its “violent suppression” of the protesters and called for an end to what he described as the “killing and brutal beating” of “the opposition” angry with the government’s financial policies.

“The real opposition are the people who are beaten up and killed on the streets of London, those whose voices are not heard by anyone,” Iran’s Irna state news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

The foreign ministry, went so far as to issue a statement advising against any unnecessary travel to the UK.

On Tuesday night, conservative websites sympathetic to the Islamic regime called on the Iranian government to offer refuge in its embassy in London to “UK protesters in need of protection”.

Ahmadinejad criticised the UN security council for remaining silent over the riots in Britain. “What else should happen for the security council to react and condemn one of its own members?”

He accused the UK authorities of portraying its opposition as a group of “looters, rioters and drug dealers”, adding: “Does Britain have this extent of drug dealers? If this is the case, they should be tried and UN should build walls surrounding their country.”

Ahmadinejad said the protests were the result of London’s imperialist policies of the past three centuries and of ignoring the poor. “Time is up for few capitalist families with different titles to loot other nations and governments and making them slaves,” he said.

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“Instead of giving up their wealth to control their deficit, the burden has been put on masses. There are pressures in crisis and it’s evident that people would protest in such a situation,” he said. source



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    actforfreedomnow 14 August, 2011 at 16:31 Reply

    Thoughts on the ongoing insurrection in the UK

    The ongoing riots in England are profoundly political.

    They erupted at a time when representative democracy and the system of the market economy have reached an all-time low level of credibility among the people. The consecutive years that New Labour has spent in power has proved that no left-wing alternative exists within the political system, because the system itself has succumbed to an inescapable general shift to the extreme right and towards notions and concepts of dictatorial government for the sole benefit of the economic elites.

    Voters tried to punish Labour by reinstating the Torries in government, mitigating their innate antisocial proclivities by forcing them to enter into a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. Soon they realized the magnitude of their blunder when the new “coalition” announced plans to curtail public spending, to dismantle much needed state welfare services and to increase tuition fees in universities. Given the uneven distribution of wealth and the monstrous inequality that prevails in contemporary UK society, reduction of public spending in the form of imposing cuts in unemployment benefits, downgrading the national health-care system, withdrawing public funds from education, etc, effectively means a virtual freeze on the process of social mobility, the ever-greater concentration of income and wealth in the hands of a privileged minority and the growing inability of the disenfranchised majority of the population even to meet its basic material needs.

    The violence that erupted during the massive student demonstrations a few months ago was only a warning of greater disturbances to come, since no institutional mechanisms exist within the political system allowing the disenfranchised sections of the population, not only to express their opposition to antisocial measures, but more importantly to resist and avert their implementation by the elites. The general strike of public sector workers was another clear sign of alienation and the growing rift between the political and economic elites on the one side, and the bulk of British society on the other.

    An even more disturbing sign was the complete indifference with which the coalition government treated the industrial action of the civil servants, the smearing campaign it launched against them and the violent repression and brutalization of demonstrators (remember Jody McIntyre) exercised without any remorse or moral reserve by a police force which has come increasingly to resemble a band of thugs.

    The English political and economic elite knows that having lost its legitimacy and being unable to rule by means of ideological coercion, it has to rely increasingly on brute force and ruthless police measures in order to impose its will on the deprived underclass of British society. The killing of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests, the shameful maltreatment of Jody McIntyre by police thugs were only the sad precursors of the shooting of Mark Duggan. And this is the reason why an impartial investigation of Mark Duggan’s murder by the authorities is out of the question. The system needs its apparatus of organized repression intact and has to keep the morale of the security forces high, for the police and the security services are the cornerstone institutions for the consolidation of the emerging British police state.

    The underclass has grasped this new reality since they are at the receiving end of the policies of victimization against underprivileged social groups implemented by the systemic elites. They attacked police stations and petrol-bombed police cars, because they reject the dominance of a ruling class which attempts to impose social conformity and subjugate them by brute force. The forced expropriation of goods and products by the rebellious masses (what the systemic media calls «looting») points to the class-nature of the insurrection, since the looters can be said to be acting on the impulse of amassing (in these conditions of a complete breakdown of authority) all those goods and products they will never be able to obtain in the course of their everyday lives.

    Under this light, the violence and plight of department stores and businesses is hardly an irrational action. Also, we should not be surprised that mass violence is the chosen method of political intervention selected by the insurrectionists of marginalized working-class areas in every major English city. Most of them are unemployed. They do not belong to the general organized workforce and consequently they do not possess the institutional means to embark on collective action, for example, by means of a strike movement.

    Uprisings, sabotage and violent insurrection are the political tools utilized by the marginalized sectors of society and the unemployed so as to resist the onslaught of plutocracy and globalization. In that sense, it is effectively an action of self-defence, a counter-violence aimed against the structural violence which is embedded in a hierarchical social system, which functions through the unequal distribution of all forms of power (political, economic, cultural) among those at the top of the social pyramid and those at the bottom.

    The total absence of race as a determining factor in the riots and the spontaneous elimination of ethnic divisions in the process of forming a singular insurrectionary social subject engaged in common action, albeit decentralized and dispersed, is an encouraging sign that the ethnic elements falsely dominating the self-perception of the British underclass are fast disappearing opening the way to the notion that there is only one class enemy: capitalism and the system of internationalized market economy.

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