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Nelson Won’t Leave His Pole

Criminality? Elitism? Erosion of authority? Britain really shouldn’t have been shocked.

Nelson Won’t Leave His Pole
AFP (From Outlook, August 22, 2011)
Nelson Won’t Leave His Pole
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For an Indian on the street, it was a strange species of terror—not quite gripping, but quietly walking on past you. Waves upon waves of young men, having broken into the shops in Birminham’s Bull Ring, the chic shopping centre, and having been dispersed by police, were now headed for the Jewelry Quarter, long synonymous with the manufacture of jewellery in the city. Choppers clattered in the sky, police cars and bikes, sirens blazing, raced to where the eyes in the sky spotted bands of troublemakers.

Another journalist and I were searching for refuge from danger, but all doors and gates were barred. The rioters—most were kids in tracksuits—caused us no trouble though; they simply walked or jogged past. They weren’t to be bothered about the small pickings on the streets, when breaking into shuttered shops offered so much more purchase. These particular rioters were more like night-time shoppers who didn’t want or have the money to pay. We found our way into a pub, which was still doing business behind...

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