Viral violence to viral community action

August 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

By Mohammad Shakir

The events of the last few days have been etched into the minds and hearts of people all around the UK and the world. London, the former heart of a world empire has fallen into disarray. What began as a peaceful protest on Saturday evening has descended into mass chaos and destruction.

Communities in the UK need to stand together. We have already seen communities in Clapham, Croydon and Hackney come together to clean up the aftermath of all the property that had been ransacked.

There has been much anger from people, decrying the fact that the policing has been ineffective; that the parenting of the generation that have spent the past three nights looting and rampaging around London and other cities in the UK is to blame for their behaviour.

There are apologists saying that the state has failed this generation that government cuts have led to the closure of youth centres and services which could help these young people who may have lost their way.

Do we listen to the youth? Or shall we take a soft approach or do we support a tough approach from the police? What do you think?

One thing is for sure, one thing is for certain we need to help and work with our local communities. They are in need of our support as much as people who are affected by people affected by natural disasters.

Over the past three days people have lost their homes and livelihoods because of a minority. It is time to help our friends, neighbours – our community on our doorstep.

Let the theme of charity begins at home, help us unite and act in a positive way. Regardless of faith, gender or race; we must make our stand against anarchy. Together.

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