Tale of two cities 2011

AUGUST

CITY 1.

Rioters threw petrol bombs at police and buildings. A police cars, a double-decker bus, a supermarket and carpet shop, was set on fire. Crowds of looters smashed shop windows in a retail park and plundering goods from many stores. Teenagers and adults were said to have turned up in cars and filled their boots with stolen items, others arrived on foot and piled shopping trolleys high with looted electronic goods. “The rioting was utterly unacceptable. There is no justification for the aggression the police and the public faced or for the damage to property” said a government.

CITY 2.

AT least 15 people died in a weekend of violence. At least seven people were killed by rioters in the city. Two suspects hijacked a truck late Saturday evening, stabbing the driver to death and ramming into pedestrians. The pair later jumped out of the truck and hacked at passers-by. At least six people were killed on the spot and 28 others were injured. One of the rioters died while fighting with local residents, the other was apprehended. “I can’t believe this happened,” said one witness.

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5 thoughts on “Tale of two cities 2011

  1. Question I’d wish I didn’t have to admit I need an answer for. But I’m afraid I do.

    I recognize City 1 in your post – though police are warning that there may be dead bodies in some of the burned out buildings, which would make the destruction worse than looting and destruction of property.

    I thought at first City 2 was in Syria, but the deaths aren’t coming from rioters. So where is City 2? Is it, by any chance, City 1 circa 1985?

    • City one is London, although the mindless, wonton destruction of peoples property has spread to other towns and cities.
      City Two is in north west China close the Afghan/ Pakistan border which makes me wonder if the sponsored terrorists are about to take on the chinese army?

      • Thank you for the clarification. For my part, I watch with admiration as Britain is trying to control the rioters in UK cities without resorting to water cannon or the army. Right now as we are demanding that Middle East governments stop trying to control their streets with bullets, it would be difficult to resort to military force in London.

        I fear history does not suggest they would be so restrained in the U.S. I have to go back to the VietNam war protests, but police fired on and killed protesters at Kent State University in Ohio. And there are, unfortunately, too many other similar incidents when the police thought they were above the law.

        On the other hand, the police even here in the UK are not quite as upright as I once thought.

  2. wow…wow…if chinese people could be so brave, so determined to defend their rights, all government buildings would have been set on fire!

    • As this latest bout of rioting spreads to other cities and towns one questions what ‘rights’ a criminal is entitled to? These thugs of ‘ethnic minorities’ as you would say, are drug addicted gun toting criminals. They live in a society which apparently, many in asia appear to crave. Our police are hamstrung by calls of more ‘civil rights’ for the perpetrators while the innocent victims see no justice. 100 years ago the government would have imposed a curfew and sent troops onto the streets – a pity these actions are today seen as ‘undemocratic’ !!

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