The violence is especially concentrated, for now, in the poorest parts of London with a multi-ethnic population – some of the areas just a few kilometres from the Olympic Park, where in less than a year, there will be millions of visitors.
I was reading some odd blog from London a year or two ago. He was talking about how these poor communities were ripped apart for the new Olympic facilities. He was talking about the beautiful allotment gardens that showed years, maybe decades of work – bulldozed.
New York Times
Zeinobia [Egyptian blogger and activist who took part in the protests that forced ex-Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak from power] made a similar observation from a much greater distance, writing: “I am sorry but you do not loot to object the murder of a young man, you are using his murder.”
Some, including former London mayor Ken Livingstone, suggested that the Tottenham riot was an unleashing of pent-up resentment over the weak economy, high unemployment rates and historically deep budget cuts that are decreasing government funding for poor communities and grass-roots charities. He blamed a sense that young Britons are facing “the bleakest future.”
Renmin Ribao, China
“The Olympics will be hosted next year; the security situation in London, which has always been a first-choice site for terrorist attacks, will be even grimmer. British police now face two main problems. First, as the government cuts police funding in order to reduce the deficit, British police will carry out massive layoffs. With insufficient manpower and financial resources, they will inevitably be overwhelmed with problems in maintaining social order. Second, after the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, the credibility of the British police has declined and there is still a very long way to go in rebuilding the credibility of the police and restoring public support, says Qu Bing, Institute of European Studies, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations.”
There’s more, on both sides.