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London Riots: Day 3

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先週木曜日に29歳の黒人被疑者が警察官に射殺されたことを発端に、ロンドン北部のTottenham(トッテナム)で始まった暴動が3日目を迎え、ロンドン各地に広がって大変なことになっている。上のビデオは、私たちの住む区・Hackney(ハックニー)で起きた暴動(幸いうちからは遠い)。最初は平和的行進で始まったこの抗議活動、今は警察との衝突のみならず、周辺民家や店舗、車両の破壊、放火、略奪と、何でもあり状態だ。

暴動発生地マップ写真ビデオWiki

今回の暴動の特徴は、BlackBerry端末同士で行うインスタントメッセンジャーBlackBerry Messenger(BBM)を使って広まったこと。BBMはショートメッセージサービスより迅速でしかも無料、またFacebookやTwitterと違い、内輪でコミュニケーションが取れるため、ギャングメンバーの間で人気なのだそうだ。BlackBerryというとビジネスマン御用達というイメージがあるので、ギャングたちが好んで使っていたとは意外だ(テレグラフ紙記事)。

このような大規模暴動は、1995年にロンドン南部のBrixton(ブリクストン)で起こった暴動以来、約25年ぶりなのだそう。この時も黒人青年が警察の拘束中に亡くなったことがきっかけ。ロス暴動もしかり、黒人の警察に対する不信感は大層強いようだ。また、どちらも貧困・失業率が高い地域で、日頃の鬱憤晴らしという面もあるんだろう。殺された男性は、警察が目を付けていた悪名高いギャング団のメンバーかつヤクの売人で、常に銃を携帯していたそう(参考記事)。この件では警察官も負傷していて、どちらが先に発砲したかを焦点に現在調査中だ。まだ確かなことは分からないけれど、一部の人たちが思うような、警察=人種差別主義者→射殺というステレオタイプの話じゃなく、恐らく警察官が発砲するに足る何らかの理由があったんだろう。だからといって殺していいと言う訳じゃないけれど。

真剣に抗議活動をしている人たちはさておき、腹が立つのが、この騒ぎに便乗し、警察が暴動制圧で忙しいのを幸いとばかりに、破壊や放火、略奪行為をやらかす愚か者たち。新聞やテレビのニュースを見ていると、破壊した店舗からいろいろなものを抱えて、嬉しそうに逃げて行く若者の姿がはっきり見て取れる。中には戦利品と一緒に記念撮影して人に見せびらかす不埒な輩も。「警察の横暴」とこれらの不法行為とどういう関係があるんだか。被害者は警察ではなく、地元の人たちやお店なのだ。

On the third day of the London riots, which began in Tottenham, north London, on last Saturday following the fatal shooting of a black suspect by the police on August 4th, is spreading across London and has become totally out of control. The video above is a riot in Hackney, a borough we live. Thank god we live far away! Originally a peaceful protest turned to riots, involving violence, vandalism, looting, arsons as well as clashes with police – everything goes now.

Riot mapphotovideoWiki

This series of riots has spread via BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), an instant messaging application allowing users to communicate in a similar way to text messaging but it’s free and quicker, and more private than Facebook and Twitter. I thought BlackBery is for business people, and was surprised to know that it is also a favorite device for gang members (Telegraph article).

This riot with such a large scale is thought to be the worst disturbances of their kind since the 1995 Brixton riots, which began also after the death of black young man in police custody. Also similar to Los Angeles riots in 1992, it seems that there are still huge mistrust against police among black community. Also those cases happened in poor neighbourhood with high unemployed rate, so rioting may be a good opportunity for frustrated youth to show their anger to the society. The victim this case is thought to be a well known member of notorious gang group and a cocaine dealer, who always carry a gun for protection (Daily Mail article), and now investigation is taking place, mainly about who shot first, as also a policeman was injured at the scene. It is not clear yet, but I assume that there was a enough reason for police to shoot him, though that doesn’t mean that they could kill him, but I don’t think it was because of stereotypical idea of “police = racist → let’s shoot the suspect”, popular among certain people.

Put serious people on protest aside, I can’t stand some idiots who take an advantage of the situation, vandalising and setting a fire to whatever they feel like for fun, and looting stores while police is too busy taking care of rioters. I’ve seen so many footages and photos on newspapers, TV and internet news, showing young looters happily running away from stores with stolen goods. There are some people taking a ‘trophy’ snap and showing it off to friends. What’s to do with “police brutality” and those disgusting illegal acts?? The victims are locals in their neighbourhood, not the police!

The Met Police is in Trouble

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昨日の「ヒルズボロの悲劇」に続いて、警察ネタ。シティ・オブ・ロンドンを除くグレーター・ロンドンを管轄するスコットランドヤードが、先日行われたG20サミットのデモの際の警察官の暴力行為で、非難の的だ。今日、スコットランドヤードに対、何百人もの人が警察本部前に集まって抗議の声を上げた。これまでに、G20の際の警察間の行為に対し、145もの苦情が寄せられている。そのうち70は警察官の行き過ぎの行為による被害者や目撃者からで、また40は警察のデモに対する方策(悪名高い「kettling(ケトリング/湯沸かし)を含む)に対する懸念だ。警察官に警棒で殴られた通りすがりの男性(その直後に「心臓マヒ」で死亡とされていたが、司法解剖後内出血が死因だと判明)や他の警官に平手打ちされた上警棒で足を打たれた女性のビデオがユーチューブ等にアップされ、暴力行為の際警官が身分証明番号を隠していた事もあって、この2人の警官は停職処分になった。「ケトリング」は、多くのデモ参加者のみならず通りがかりの人まで、狭い区間にトイレ、水、食糧もなしで何時間(場所によると7時間!)も留めておき、その他の地域に暴動を広げない策略で、聞くだけでも恐ろしい(特に長時間トイレなしなんて!)。警備に当たった大多数の警官は職務違反はしていないし、また血気盛んな怒れるデモ参加者をなだめるのは大変なストレスだろう。任務全うの為に時には暴力行為も止む終えないかもしれない。しかし誰もが携帯を含むカメラやビデオを持つ今の時代、行き過ぎ行為は自分の首を絞める事にもなるので、注意して下さいね!

Another police scandal, after yesterday’s Hillsborough Disaster 20th anniversary. The Met (Metropolitan Police Service / Scotland Yard),  the police force responsible for law enforcement within Greater London, have been under attacked with violent behaviours by officers at the G20 protests. Today hundreds of protesters gathered to Scotland Yard against the Met.  145 complaints have been made so far against the police conducts at the demonstration against G20 summit, including 70 claims of excessive force by victims or witnesses to brutality and 40 concerns about police tactics such as the corralling technique called “kettling“. 2 video footage revealed police assaults on Ian Tomlinson, who died with ‘heart attack’ (now it is said that internal bleeding is the cause of his death, after autopsy) just after being shoved by a police officer, and on Nicky Fisher, being hit in the face and on her leg with another officer’s baton. These two officers are also accused of removing their police identification numbers at the time, and are later suspended as a result of the incidents. The “kettling” tactic sounds horrible, that many protesters and even innocent bystanders were locked up in small area for many hours (up to 7 hours!!), without toilet facility (that is my worst nightmare!), water or food supply. I understand that police officers were in huge stress (unfortunately protesters are not the most well-behaved people…) and they were just doing what they were told to do, and for sure most officers are cordial and do the right thing, but to go too far will put you in trouble at the end, as nowadays cameras are all over you!!

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