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The view from the streets: London riots

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The view from the streets: London riots

In the wake of the riots in London, WORLDbytes reporters hit the streets of Enfield and Hackney to find out what the public think. Unlike the over fearful response of the authorities, some residents in these two riot stricken boroughs thought that boarding up shops and not dealing with the looters there and then gave rioters free reign. Sadly the effective stand against the looters many made has been vilified as vigilantism and potentially racist. Yet didn’t they set an example we could all learn from? One member of the public points out, when the authorities dictate every aspect of how we, as adults should interact with children, people are not able to think for themselves and end up scared of the kids.

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helene said:

It is interesting to have the point of view of people who live in London because being in France at this time, I just had the point of view of the medias who was, as usual, very dramatic, putting the emphasis on the destructions, the injured. So this is very useful that make me better understand the situation. Someone in the report points out that today, the authorities dictate how we should behave and the consequence is that people are not able to think for themselves. I feel that we could analyse the riots as a proof of the ability of people to think for themselves and to dare affirm their opinion.

Hilda said:

This video is very interactive, the time should be extended to hear more from the people, may be by putting all views together, we may be able to know the real reason behind the riots, and will be able to fix what has broken down with the youth. I like the point where the young girl said the young people do not feel part of the society, why would the damage the society, if they felt an important part of it. Good reporting and views.

Carol said:

As a resident of an area affected by the riots, I think the police should have done a lot more. I remember the riots of the 80’s and there were a lot more police on the streets defending our neighbourhoods.
Yeah, maybe the rioters in Tottenham had something to shout about with the death of Mark Duggan, but as for the other areas, it was, as a friend put it ‘a way to get a 5 fingered discount and possibly improve their street cred with their mates’.
As the scars of the riots heal (shop windows instead of boards once more), I celebrate the fact that people weren’t willing to just stand by and let it happen, they stood up for what is theirs…and ours, and they won!
This film tells us what the general public think of the riots and that it’s not just mindless unemployed bored youths. Plus, it seems that only the media believes that the good people of Enfield were racists for wanting to protect their own.

Randolph Ferry said:

I feel like celebrating the corage of people who acted with real social spirit and began to defend their own areas from childish rioters. Far from being some kind of racist mob or hollywood ‘vigilantes’, they acted with real responsibility and indicated the more adult approach to this outbreak of antisocial behaviour.

leonardo said:

Unlike other street interviews on national television you have the opportunity to listen to the whole speech not just a sound-bite chosen for the benefit of the newscaster’s time constraint.

It seems that the cause of the riots still remains unknown. Fortunately the answers are not as stereotyped as we might expect. I’m really impressed of how articulate those citizens are. Some interviewers are really inquisitive so they got to create a real debate with their counterparts.

It also clears up some ideas about the racial and economic aspects of it.
Worth watching.

Owen said:

One of the interviewees made me think about what i mean when I say ‘communities’. Why should we know our neighbours, know the youngsters on our estates? On one hand there is something that is lost for not knowing and being part of this isn’t there? The fact we don’t know the kids round the block, isn’t there? But then again, the world has changed and our network of friends and who we know has expanded and we shouldn’t feel as if we have to know our neighbours. Is the talk about ‘communities’ a backward step or reclaiming something good that we have lost?

Viki said:

These Views from the Streets are so good, they really do show that we the public have intelligent, thoughtful insights to say and i love how people just are up for thinking aloud, wanting to have their say and being questioned, even pushed at times. I think the guy who explains how living in a deprived area is no excuse is spot on, no-one can really argue that we should be sympathetic are they?

Hannah said:

I know what some people were saying about the fear factor. I am sure it was scary being in the mix of it but the fact that London shut up shop when we didn’t for far bigger incidents was disturbing to me. Less people about and shops shut up didn’t make me feel any safer but the people who came out and faced the mob did.

Rob said:

We are often encouraged to look to the broadsheets for the most intelligent analysis, but the view from the streets here seems to contain the most thoughtful commentary on the rioting. It smashes stereotyping of white people defending their streets as being racist, topples the idea of youth clubs being the answer – it is definitely a ‘deeper’ problem. I liked the tying in of government initiatives like being told to eat ‘5 a day’ by the government contributes to the undermining people’s independence. It’s true- we expect to be told how to react these days! And yes – laws aren’t a substitute for having a sensible feeling for what life is about… So true!

Imlovinit said:

It’s great to hear people sticking up for white working class people who stuck up for themselves against thugs. The woman who says building more youth centres will change nothing makes a really good point – what self respecting 18 year old wants to go to a youth club anyway. Most teenagers can’t wait to be adults and the main thing is, that is how we should treat them including telling them where and when they are wrong.