How to start a riot

I was a little relieved to see that even London, a business capital of the “first world” turned into a jungle for a short time. Don’t get me wrong. Every act of vandalism and violence was uncalled for and should be seriously punished. However, as I watched the news, I couldn’t help thinking how the London scenes resembled any troubled scene from any crowded city in a third world country. It appears there’s a slow but effective recipe that could start a riot.  With the right mix of anger, frustration and injustice, ANY country can become a jungle.


Innocent people have suffered and lost their livelihood in the senseless looting and arson attacks. I can’t help thinking that this is synonymous with the third world. The innocent and poor suffer while the guilty and rich watch from afar. It’s almost laughable how ignorant some of these rioters are. Did they really think they could get away with burning people’s property and causing mass chaos? They probably didn’t think about it – some rioters were as young as 11 years old! There are many possible reasons for what has been happening in London and its environs this past week. Some are discussed by Single Malt Monkey in his post called ‘Blame the parents’, where he points to recent triggers in society and government.

One interview with one of the looters exposes the depth of ignornace among the culprit. When one man was asked why he looted a nearby store, he said, ‘It’s free stuff, innit?’

No, no, sweetie. It’s STOLEN stuff…

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