Monday, 8 August 2011

Tragedy in London

On Friday it came to light that the previous week a young man had been shot and killed by police in London. the original story stated that he had fired a gun at police, and they shot back.

The family were not provided with any further details, evidence or proof. They staged a peaceful (if loud and understandably angry) protest outside the police station in their local borough.

They were continually given misinformation by police, although to be fair the front line "minion officers" seemed to be being given misinformation themselves. The family were told that the chief commisioner was on his way to give more information....and he never turned up.

The protest turned into a riot; anger at the lack of information given by police.

The family still dont have answers and apparently this mans children dont even know that their father is gone yet because they have no reason why to tell them.

It is now appearing that the bullett that was "shot at police" (and lodged in a radio - harming noone) and the bullett that killed this young man are the same.

This is tragedy enough. A severe case of failure on the part of the people that are meant to keep London safe.

But an even greater tragedy is the sick, twisted behavior by far too many "anarchists". These anarchists are not airing their views against enforced authority. They are thoughtless, petty, opportunistic criminals. Cowards hiding under their hoodies looking for any excuse to cause mayhem, havoc and a quick quid by looting shops. (and of all shops to be looted one of them was a pound shop for crying out loud!)

This building had 26 homes. Homes now lost and 26 families made homeless, losing all of their possessions and just barely escaping with their lives. 
Tonight there are families who have lost their homes. Families with innocent children. And this wasnt caused by a grieving relative, but by some cowardly "yoofs" proving how "hard" they are by throwing an explosive at a building and running for the hills.

Yeah - made of really tough stuff there arnt you?

It makes me sick. Sick to be a londoner, sick to be a young person, almost sick to be a human being when you see this appaling behaviour.

But dispite all the tradgedy, violence, pain and fear in London tonight we MUST try to remember:

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Mahatma Gandhi

Although this seems to be a pretty big oil slick in the ocean of humanity right now. 

BBC London are generally the most reliable sources for whats happening right now. 

But for now I leave you with two songs that are all two appropriate right now. 

1 comment:

  1. Such a shame, glad things are starting to look better now though. My thoughts are with those families as well as those small business owners that lost everything.


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