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By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted August 16, 2011 at 11:11:44

What scares me so much about this whole situation is the prevailing notion that these riots happened because there wasn't enough policing in these ghettos. Many are now calling for far more in response. They're seeking advice from America, Northern Ireland...Cameron is even bashing the Human Rights Act. Given that the inciting incident was a lethal act of police brutality, can we really expect that more cops to solve the problem?

As Mystoneycreek mentions, we've seen before what happens to large unemployed/underemployed (many of these rioters had jobs) young people, particularly in Britain. Adding more cops with more power to the mix does little but "make good sport of it". Recently the Government has not only tripled university tuitions, but cut services in the area by 75%. Apparently the Guardian ran a story on closing youth centres in the area last month in which Tottenham youth they interviewed explicitly predicted riots as a result. People are giving up on society because they feel that society has given up on them, and store-fronts full of expensive merchandise make very easy targets.

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