It was all triggered Thursday, August 4, 2011. British Police killed 29-year-old family man Mark Duggan for no clear reason. This proximal cause led to mini riots spreading all through London and its surrounding areas. Youth are looting the high streets, burning down businesses and cars, and smashing building windows. This is no ordinary violence. The causes of such unrest have been long coming.
These riots are taking place in a country where “the richest 10% of the population are more than 100 times as wealthy as the poorest 10% of society” (The Guardian). The poor have never been poorer; the rich never richer. Minorities have been disenfranchised and pushed to the sidelines of the economy. Social mobility is at a halt.
People all across the world are glued to their TV’s and twitter accounts, checking up on the latest news from the London riots. These modern day riots are affecting various communities all over England. It is now day 4 of these riots and there are no signs of stopping. The forces are actually getting larger, some places holding around 2000+ angry rioters. Sixteen thousand police officers have been dispatched to guard the London streets. Almost 700 arrests have been made.
Since London is a very heavily Sikh populated area, about 100 Sikh men and youth stand outside the famous Southall Gurdwara with the unmatchable support of our women. Their efforts to protect the Gurdwara bring hope to the Sikh population of a destroyed London city.
Lets support our boys across the pond. Keep posted on your news straight from Southall via Sangat TV.
Mister Sikh Next Door