2011 has seen different means of attaining emancipation varying from peaceful to the most violent; all with the same goal in mind. Needless to say, human beings are different and as a result we could aim for the same thing but achieve it through different ways.
First to set the ball rolling was the Tunisian revolution that was sparked by a young man who set himself on fire to protest against joblessness, sparking a popular uprising against the government; followed by two more suicides and a social movement initiated by lawyers, journalist and labour unions. They demanded more work opportunities and a reform of the government of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Phew what a name- whatever it means! This unrest led to overthrow of the present president (no I’m not writing that name again) and a new President took over Mohammed Ghannouchi successfully there’s was pretty straight forward.
Soon was Egyptian youth demanding revolution and the war started in January. This political unrest was mainly a non-violent civil campaign and it introduced a series of demonstration marches and labour strikes. The nation demanded the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak; the revolution needless to say resulted in violence and a major clash between security forces and protesters. On the 11th February Mubarak resigned and even though bed ridden faced criminal charges in August this year, the case is still ongoing.
Next was Libya’s civil war in February, which started as a series of peaceful protest but collided with the Gaddafi’s regime before escalating into a civil war that spread itself speedily, across the country. Under Gaddafi’s leadership and strong philosophy, the country became a regionalized, representative state in theory. Whereas before his reign, it was officially run by a system of people’s committees which were also the local government for subdivision, as you would expect in any local government, a General People’s Congress which served as the legislative arm and there was General People’s Committee, as the executive branch. I won’t go too much into the political division, but there was a clear segregation of powers. However ‘King of Kings’ manipulated all these powers to ensure his gleeful dominance. He did this for forty years successfully.
Bearing in mind the Syrian internal conflict since March was also for the demand of President Bashar al- Assad to step down after the equal rights for Syria’s ethnic and religious groups. This is still on-going by the way.
Last week was the turn of Britain’s quiet protest against the death of a young man, shot by the police. This protest spiralled into violence and riot, and the looting of many big high street stores and setting them alight. Are the youth passing a message to the government of they are simply following the current global trend? Within three days the riot and looting spread between London to Manchester, Salford, Nottingham, Birmingham and Liverpool and the police are also trying their best to bring back orderliness.
Uk Prime minister, David Cameron, concluded that major factor that contributed to the riot stirred by the young people in Britain is the missing father figure in the family?
Like my friend says, what has that got to do with the price of fish? Well unlike you, I wasn’t surprised at this conclusion by the Prime minister; when he gave an impression that his return from holiday was not by instinct as he strolled into the country a little late, coincidentally on the same day when Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said he briefed Cameron about their decision to deploy police officers in large numbers. This decision was made well in advance of PM’s return. What did the prime minister do after this? He blatantly told the nation that was his idea, lol! As if that’s not enough, he asked the ex-chief of police in New York and Los Angeles- Bill!
Yes, PM has invited ex-chief of police in New York and Los Angeles- Bill Bratton, to become his adviser in order to stamp out further unrest. Are you surprised? That’s the …. Actually I reserve my comment. It is a move which has angered the Met Inspectors Branch Board who insists they are better placed to offer guidance. In a statement the body said: “The Association of Chief Police Officers and the Federation understand UK legislation, and are in a much better place to advise the PM than an American. “Why won’t the Prime Minister consult us?”- (resource from Guardian newspaper)
For me, the state of deficiency might be the condition that most of those rioting endure as their adamant reality. No hope of education since the increase in fees and the abolition of EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) which was initiated to encourage young people stay in education. Amidst the austerity of this government on cuts, cuts and more cuts on public spending, is the culture of consumerism and celebrity lifestyle fed to us by the media. The deceitful message being forced down the throats of young people and adults alike, hourly , 24/7 in the likes of adverts on mobile phones, MTV crib, celebrity lifestyle, cars and many more- which sincerely most of us cannot afford. We have been made to belief that we are what we wear and drive and type of TV we watch: HD ready or 3D enabled. The only light that gleams through these yobs’ dark life is that which comes through the media of false hope. Most if not all, went for what has been on their minds- Adidas and Nike trainers, phones, and flat screen TV etc (if I was a looter during the riot, I’d break an ATM and take enough money to pay my tuition fees, honest).
Britain is now a multicultural nation and this government needs to understand this. There are blacks, yellow and green people with different religious groups too.
Why didn’t we see it coming? Or is it because Britain is so high and mighty, it cannot fall? These young people are selfish and mindless as you would expect from a group of people who do not feel represented by the government, who felt no sense of community, now no hope of making ends meet because of job cuts and ultimately no future- thanks to David Cameron, he learnt from his mentor -Margaret Thatcher.
A riot is the language of the unheard-There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society with a large segment of people in that society who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that have nothing to lose. People who have a stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don’t have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it.” – Martin Luther King
On the other side of the coin, can the damage done and the cost of the products stolen be equivalent to the amount stolen by our leaders this year as well? Members of parliament claiming for £338.00 worth of shredder, (equivalent to about 7 pairs of Nike trainers) some submitted false invoices; a particular David Chaytor who fraudulently claimed for £20,000 and many more. We have to get our calculators out to get the figures right, so what’s the fuss about?
On a lighter note, I probably won’t say this if my house was burnt down or I was attacked like that poor Malaysian student in London. It was just sad to remember that lives were lost during the few days of unrest in England, May the souls of those who died rest in peace, and may their families be comforted at this terrible time.
But really the question is where are we going from here?
Is anyone else worried like me that 2011 is the year of wedding bells and civil war at the same time?
Where is this taking England, Come to think of it, the queen hasn’t said anything neither has the newly wedded couple, *coughs*. And before you say it’s because they shouldn’t be involved in politics, come on, people lost their lives during these riots and Mama Charlie is quiet. That’s why I love my family even my grandfather has something to say and he is an old man. WAIT- that’s him ringing me!