A young man lost his life…to violence
The people took to the street to protest,
We have the right to march…
To cause destruction!?
To loot, to steal…like a thief
It beggars belief
There must have been a miscommunication
The rights benefitted us as citizens of this nation
The real people and when I say real
I mean the ones who are not out to steal
…Have long fled
Their cause has been perverted by these violent…petty…thieves
They don’t realise how easy they have it in the UK
Jail a comfortable stay
Even during recession life here is easier than most around the globe
These vultures…organising this outlandish behaviour via technology…
Facebook and Blackberry Pings collaborating at high speed…to sate their greed
Exploiting the situation….what could have been an opportunity to unite, to voice dissatisfaction at an ongoing situation…to be heard…
….be constructive!? Absurd!!!
Setting fire to a bus…why!?
Setting fire to property
Wrecking the livelihood of individuals who have worked hard to build something for themselves
To provide a service for the community
Severe punishment…no impunity
Harsh consequences to bring them to their senses…
…for this senseless…violence
There’s fighting for a cause but this isn’t it
Violence begets violence
For those who don’t know, a young man was shot dead by the police in Tottenham North London (UK). People took to the streets to protest and demand justice. The shooting was the catalyst for rising tensions due to the police treatment of youths…mainly those from ethnic minorities. This behaviour from the police is not limited to North London and is common all around London, having experienced it a LARGE number of times myself living in South London. However that aside this poem is in reaction to those who have used it as an opportunity for disgusting behaviour…for crime. In the time taken to write this poem riotting has started in Lewisham…a five minute drive from where I live in one direction and a bus has been set on fire in Peckham…a five minute drive from where I live in the other direction.