The New Year often brings new reflections and considerations for the future. Now in 2012, in the aftershock of the summer riots that swept across England in 2011, M.E.X explores the messages behind the mayhem and reflects on the lessons learnt.
Perhaps the most significant consequence of the riots was not the tangible damage caused by vandalism, but the frayed fabric of society and the subsequent attempt to rebuild it. Aside from the visible damage, there was a dismantling of the trust that underpinned community relations. That said, the riots caught the attention of the government, police authorities and the public, and as a result, communities were challenged to rally together to repair the damage.
It is thought that the unrest grew from a non-violent street demonstration in Tottenham, South London, in response to the fatal police shooting of Mark Duggan (a 29 year old father of four) two days earlier. Due to his reported links with London gangs, the police had targeted Duggan as part of Operation Trident, which specialises in “dealing with gun crime among black communities, in particular drug-related shootings.” An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission revealed that Mr. Duggan had in fact been unarmed and had not provoked an exchange of gun shots… Read this in full HERE!!!