Feb 24, 2009

The Guardian UK: Britain faces summer of rage

Police are preparing for a "summer of rage" as victims of the economic downturn take to the streets to demonstrate against financial institutions, the Guardian has learned.

Britain's most senior police officer with responsibility for public order raised the spectre of a return of the riots of the 1980s, with people who have lost their jobs, homes or savings becoming "footsoldiers" in a wave of potentially violent mass protests.

Superintendent David Hartshorn, who heads the Metropolitan police's public order branch, told the Guardian that middle-class individuals who would never have considered joining demonstrations may now seek to vent their anger through protests this year.

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Anonymous said...

This is not about this post at all, but I don't see anywhere to leave a general comment, so I'll just put it here.

Are you familiar with the book _Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in the Age of War_ by four members of the San Francisco Retort group?

I'm only 30 or so pages into it, picked it up on the reccommendation of a friend, so I don't have too much to say about it, but even only 30 pages in it's clear they have a 'three way fight' type of analysis, and clear heads.