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Some words need to be spent on these London riots.
I lived in London some years ago (by the way in Brixton), my girlfriend is living there right now and I’m planning to be back myself very soon. So, as you see, “this time is personal”.
Actually not a thousand pages would be enough to explain what’s happening and what my thoughts are - and many writers/bloggers/journalists have already written much better about it than I could ever do.
This time is not that easy as in the recent Oslo events. There is not a clearly visible right and wrong side; there is not a single person going mad or misinterpreting social situations. There is an entire generation and an entire social class going wild against everything and everyone.
As I said not a thousand pages would be enough to try to explain everything, so I just ask you some question.
A single person can go mad without any external responsibility; can thousands people do that at the same time?
Do we have to condemn all these looters assaulting private shops, attacking private people and even breaking in private houses? Hell yes!. Do we have to consider the all thing like a sad, isolated episode to be dealt by the police and move on? (“oh God, no!” it’s my call, if you ask me).
Do you really believe the umpteenth episode where a black guy get out dead from an encounter with the cops can cause all of that? I don’t know maybe more the sum of them?
And who’s the fault if these guys (and girls, and men, and women, let’s say that) instead of marching against the police of the palaces of power (the responsible of Duggan’s death, right?), have just tried to loot the most out of the situation stealing cell-phones, plasma TVs, branded clothes and so on?
Everyone was supporting the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, (now in Syria)… How’s that different just because it’s happening near our homes menacing our precious stuff?
Well, even the questions are so many they can’t fit in this blog.
I have my answers, what are yours?
(I know the purpose of the blog is supposed to be slightly different, but I think, somehow, this talks about a world problem that everyone should be dealing with if interested in keeping traveling.)

Some words need to be spent on these London riots.

I lived in London some years ago (by the way in Brixton), my girlfriend is living there right now and I’m planning to be back myself very soon. So, as you see, “this time is personal”.

Actually not a thousand pages would be enough to explain what’s happening and what my thoughts are - and many writers/bloggers/journalists have already written much better about it than I could ever do.

This time is not that easy as in the recent Oslo events. There is not a clearly visible right and wrong side; there is not a single person going mad or misinterpreting social situations. There is an entire generation and an entire social class going wild against everything and everyone.

As I said not a thousand pages would be enough to try to explain everything, so I just ask you some question.

A single person can go mad without any external responsibility; can thousands people do that at the same time?

Do we have to condemn all these looters assaulting private shops, attacking private people and even breaking in private houses? Hell yes!. Do we have to consider the all thing like a sad, isolated episode to be dealt by the police and move on? (“oh God, no!” it’s my call, if you ask me).

Do you really believe the umpteenth episode where a black guy get out dead from an encounter with the cops can cause all of that? I don’t know maybe more the sum of them?

And who’s the fault if these guys (and girls, and men, and women, let’s say that) instead of marching against the police of the palaces of power (the responsible of Duggan’s death, right?), have just tried to loot the most out of the situation stealing cell-phones, plasma TVs, branded clothes and so on?

Everyone was supporting the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, (now in Syria)… How’s that different just because it’s happening near our homes menacing our precious stuff?

Well, even the questions are so many they can’t fit in this blog.

I have my answers, what are yours?

(I know the purpose of the blog is supposed to be slightly different, but I think, somehow, this talks about a world problem that everyone should be dealing with if interested in keeping traveling.)

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