“Give our kids a future”. North London community marches in unity in response to the riots and the response to the riots

13.08.2011 - London - Silvia Swinden

Many local groups were represented, others not so local too, but the messages made interesting reading: “Give our kids a future”, “Bankers are the real looters”, Mothers march for everyone’s survival and welfare. End Cuts, Poverty and Discrimination”, “Defend the Right to Protest”, “Haringey Alliance for Public Services”, “Youth want a future”, “Bring back EMA” (Education Maintenance Allowance) and “Reopen all youth services and create jobs now!”: [Photo Gallery](https://picasaweb.google.com/101694896422844570574/13August2011)

The moral outraged rhetoric of the government, (“We’ll hunt you down, we’ll find you and we’ll punish you…”) and the hopeless efforts of the opposition to raise some of the issues that may lie at the bottom of the social outburst without sounding like they are justifying it, have both been somehow overridden: “Cameron’s new adviser says UK cannot ‘arrest its way out’ of gang crime and must tackle underlying causes… The UK cannot arrest its way out of violence and should tackle the underlying causes of unrest such as racial tensions, the prime minister’s new crime adviser, US “supercop” Bill Bratton, has warned.” See [The Guardian](http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/13/bill-bratton-advice-uk-police)

Interestingly enough during the rampage some of the rioters were heard referring to the police as “the feds” rather than the usual British slang as if they were in some kind of US TV series. So, are “the feds” coming to solve the problem? Not likely, Mr Bratton is probably going to be prevented from taking a senior position in the police by new, tougher, immigration laws.

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