"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:
- In Chile this week children, parents and teachers were protesting for the abolishment of private schools so that education is accessible for all. Clearly a reason that effects the development of their youth; a worthy and justified motive for an outcry. Despite the President completely dismissing their efforts, it has not stopped their spirit and the Chileans continue to protest for reform.
- The ongoing clashes and riots in the Middle East has turned their world upside down with families displaced, no stable form of employment and the threat of persecution ripe in the air, and yet, the people show no sign of giving up and continue to fight for their right for a government which echoes what the public want.
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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