in Political & Legal
Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:19 pm
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Here is an excerpt from an article I was reading about the Dec 10 student riots in london.
I was a kid during those riots—I remember being terrified. "But that’s not the important bit. The problem is that many of these “youngers” are proper ruffians and scuffians—they are armed to the teeth with automatic weapons, handguns, and IEDs, which is pretty much standard gang fare in many postwar urbanizations across the country these days. It may sound frightening, but the question then is, how are the police going to deal with what can technically be called an armed insurgency? Even jobless brickies know how to get hold of a gun these days, because, simply put, they are out there in large numbers.
Gang culture is deep rooted on these estates, and the unemployed are swelling their ranks. What’s different is that people today are not afraid to use serious violence, especially against a system they blame for obliterating their future"