The Urban Uprising - The Week the Youth Devastated Britain

"The Youth of the Middle East rise up for basic freedoms. The Youth of London rise up for a HD ready 42" Plasma TV" - a Facebook group created to ridicule the riots which had Britain in standstill last week.

Tragically it only took one isolated incident, the death of Mark Duggan which aggravation was initially directed at the police and their shortcomings; it a took a peaceful protest in honour of Mark Duggan for a group of opportunists to take this chance to create a national outrage which terrorised and affected the lives of thousands of innocents across England. The Guardian as well as other reporters has stated the financial connotations of these attacks worth thousands of pounds to an already devastated economy now needed to fix all the damages caused to the small businesses, properties and homes.

Some gave explanations as to why it occurred, what the trigger was, and why it escalated but the general consensus agrees that the youth saw the chance to loot and took it, literally.

Who is to Blame?

In a nation that strives to provide opportunities and technology for all, slogans and 'reasons' for looting like blaming foreigners for taking 'their' job opportunities cannot be justified nor does it add up.

Everything is accessible and the latest technology is at our fingertips - it is safe to say that we are a spoilt generation; in spite of a predicted double recession with the obvious move to cut back, there is still the desire to want more.

And yet despite this the youth have taken it upon themselves to take what they want because they feel as though they can - with baseless reasons when caught and no consideration of who they harm in the process. In these riots, the offenders will be charged with a couple of months in prison; some will learn from their experience but the vast majority will go to prison in vain believing that it was 'cool' to break in to their local corner shop - neither will they get full punishment because they are 'young offenders' nor will they ever see the negative repercussion on who they have hurt. And then those that got away, they will be watching other people clean up their mess.

Taking it for granted

The most worrying outcome of the riots in Britain is the fact that there isn't a united or arguably any purpose to the sudden uprising of the youth. The Economist explains that blaming the spending cuts for the uprising is a "lazy fantasy" because they have barely come in to affect; a 'moral malaise' is what the Economist have called it.

Whereas in other parts of the world this week, protesting and rioting is the only vice for voices of the masses to be heard; looking at two examples which took place simultaneous to the riots in britain:

Was it worth it?

The youth have a voice which has the power to make people stand up and listen but the actions from this week only added to the already negative stereotypes.

In a world which is so conscious of its rights and civil liberties, the riots in Britain were juvenile and pathetic in comparison to the countries who are struggling and fighting for their basic human rights - too many people have been hurt and too many have died at the expense of a looting spree, one cannot help but think how the youth will cope of they were experiencing the hardships which the people in places like the Middle East and Chile have faced as these protests and riots continue to persist for change. As for the rioters, masking your intentions and gratifying selfish needs with a new pair of trainers doesn't really cut it in a world which is fighting for rights- and in a country so proud of its 'civil' ways, the riots have done nothing more than put Britain to shame.

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Elizabeth WB

As juvenile and pathetic you may think these riots are we as individuals and as part of a community have to try and address the reasons behind the actions of the adults and children who participated. I believe there was not one single reason but a number of reasons why large groups of people came together to act in such a way, a combination of frustrations of central and local government and the fact that this was an opportunity to release all those frustrations. I do not agree with the violence but i can see why n how it came about.

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Elizabeth WB

Also we can compare our riots to all the uprisings across the middle east and other countries but its pointless.

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Foreda Begum

its clearly addressed that there are a number of reasons why the riots took place, but the fact is their actions are still unjustifiable; there are many ways to 'release' frustration-it didn't have to resort to what it became because at the end of the day the anarchical reasons were lost, the rioters targeted their local corner shops, small businesses, shops which probably belonged to the neighbours- and by doing this, was their aim achieved? If the youth really wanted to address a message they had a really good chance of doing it but went the wrong way about it and that's where the fault lies. Furthermore, not to compare the riots in Britain to those around the world is inevitable because it really brings home the fact that there are people who have it far worse than we do; yes our government has flaws and seem useless at times but we cant deny the fact that we are lucky to be in a position to have free education unlike those in Chile. As I previously said, the youth have a voice but need to convey it in ways that people will listen and not not look down on them and write frustrated blogs (like this one)

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