An analysis of the August riots by the Workers' Solidarity Movement, an Irish anarchist organisation.
The police killing of Mark Duggan resulted in four nights of rioting across England. The immediate trigger was the killing itself, and the disrespect shown by the police to Mark’s family and friends. But the riots rapidly broadened to expressions of a more general anger and alienation; an anger that was all too often unfocused and striking out at the nearest target of opportunity.
A summary of yesterday’s events would be useless, as I’m pretty sure by now you’ve all read the big headlines about riots and clashes with the police at the “Occupy Rome” demonstration. If you haven’t, a good starting point is this video (in Italian). For some info in English, check Al Jazeera’s reports. (Neither reports are completely unbiased, don’t ask too much…).
Just like on December 14 2010, the protests got “violent”. The huge issue on which the Italian movements seem to be particularly stuck on, especially since the G8 in Genoa, is the eternal debate “Violence vs Non-violence”. I’m not going to go deep into this here cos it’s not the right place.
This is an introduction and update to the text "The transitional phase of crisis: The era of riots" by Greek communist group Blaumachen.
I read this article recently in "Socialism or your money back" which is a collection of historical articles from the 'Socialist Standard', the party paper of the SPGB. I was struck by the similarities to today's riots and but for a couple of alterations to the names could have been written this week.
Hope you find it as interesting as I did.
Running riot: Britain’s urban violence
Writer and poet William Wall explores the link between neoliberalism and the UK riots.
One of the many things that we hear repeated ad nauseam in the context of the present rioting in London is that the rioters are ‘feral’, ‘yobs’, ‘thugs’ or more generously ‘disaffected youth’. All the talk from Cameron and his cohorts is of crime and punishment and ‘the full force of the law’ - as if these young people did not encounter the full force of the law on a daily basis.
A look at how some communities in London have been responding to the riots which have swept the country.
I've just seen this on Facebook and twitter, interesting to see how Lewisham (London's most radical borough, according to SLSF comrades...) responds to the rioting. This call out came from a street assembly tonight in Deptford High Street.
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An article by London anarchist 'Max von Sudo' published on London Indymedia on the looting in his home neighborhood of Brixton.
What is the crime of looting a corporate chain store next to the crime of owning one?
-- Luther Brecht
Looters don't give many press conferences. This made all of the conversations on today's BBC morning show a little bit one-sided.