Disillusioned Angry Teenagers

The London riots & the anger they sparked

On Thursday the 4thof August, 2011, police shot dead a 29 year old man named Mark

Police officers stand near a barricade of burning and…

On Thursday the 4th of August, 2011, police shot dead a 29 year old man named Mark Duggan in Tottenham. A fatal police shooting is rare – there have only been seven in the last three years, according to the IPCC. Duggan was shot during a planned arrest carried out under Operation Trident, an initiative which attempts to tackle gun crime with the Afro-Carribean community.

Duggan’s death, however, is the only clear and undisputed fact. Initial circumstances were hazy: Duggan had been a passenger in a minicab and the police vaguely suggested that he fired at police officers – a bullet was found lodged in a police radio and there were dewy eyed reports of how this humble radio had saved an officer’s life. Soon it emerged that although an illegal firearm had been recovered, there was no evidence that it had been discharged. The bullet in the radio is now suspected to be from a police firearm. If the Met do have any evidence that Duggan was killed in self defence rather than shot in cold blood, they’re keeping it very quiet.

Police officers shooting dead a black man in a deprived area of inner London sounds like a recipe for trouble on its own. Factor in that so far they have failed to clarify the nature of the incident to the community and you already have a volatile situation. But the Met’s incompetence made everything much stickier.  As is usual with a fatal incident, the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) launched an enquiry into Duggan’s death within hours. However in the handover from the Metropolitan Police to the IPCC, the job of telling Duggan’s parents that their son was dead was “overlooked”There was also an unexplained delay of 36 hours between Duggan’s death and his family being allowed to see him, and his fiancée waited three hours at the local police station on Saturday to find out anything about how he died (the circumstances of which the police have been silent on), only to be told that nobody had any answers for them.

A protest was held the next day, a Sunday, beginning around five o’clock. Residents marched from Broadwater Farm estate to the local police station, demanding justice for Duggan. As usual, the police claim that protesters started the violence by setting alight to a patrol car. Eyewitnesses claim that it started when riot police attacked a sixteen year old girl (video footage of that incident is here).

That was it; that was all that was needed. The situation quickly spiralled out of control. (read more)

The DAT team just kept on stumbling into little bits and pieces that we were thought were brilliant/useful/interesting, and now we’ve decided to share our highlights with you guys! From now on, keep your eyes peeled for the DAT Round Up, where we’ll published articles, videos, interviews (and more) to keep you entertained and up to the minute….

If you happen to be a 14 year old in Britain right now, you’ve probably heard a lot about the new English Baccalaureate, which has been announced over the past few months. Even if you’re no spring chicken, it might be useful to know exactly what this means for the UK’s education system, which as we know all too well has been tipped on it’s head of late…

You’re out in town one day, running a few errands, when out of nowhere somebody grabs you by the arm and demands your purse. They’re a lot bigger than you, so you hand it over and they go running off. You then ring the police (thinking thank God they weren’t a very thorough mugger). The police arrive, take your details and statement from you, a description of the guy, and assure you he’ll be brought to justice. You’re feeling shaken but reassured by the nice police officer, and she turns around and says…

“That’ll be £20, please”?

Imagine if this was the situation we faced. If we were forced to pay for our right to justice. It’s ridiculous.

But worryingly, that’s the predicament we find ourselves in today….

Ways in which the Con-Dems have fucked us over since failing to win an election in 2010:

  • Tuition fees raised from around £3000 to £6000-£9000 a year.
  • Funding cut for humanities subjects in…

Ways in which the Con-Dems have fucked us over since failing to win an election in 2010:

  • Tuition fees raised from around £3000 to £6000-£9000 a year.
  • Funding cut for humanities subjects in further education.
  • Cut the police budget by 20%, meaning there will be 10,000+ less police officers by 2015.
  • Raised VAT to 20%, hitting the poorest hardest….

Okay. So you’ve got your placard, you’ve got your shouting voice, and you’ve got your anger. Check. But there’s a couple of other things you might want before you head out to bring down the government.

Just to make it clear- when going to a protest you need to prepare for any eventuality. We’re not saying ‘when you go to a protest, you will inevitably be beaten up and arrested’, because that’s daft and will needlessly scare people. But it just makes sense to have everything you might want….

After the initial excitement of the Millbank protest we all agreed that we needed to keep the momentum going and prove that it was just the beginning. We decided one of the best ways to do this was…