Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I'll keep doing this every day until I get caught

I don't call it rioting, I call it an insurrection...of the masses 
of the people. It is happening in Syria, it is happening in 
Clapham, it's happening in Liverpool, it's happening in 
Port-au-Spain, Trinidad, and that is the nature 
of the historical moment. - Darcus Howe

The words of one rioter, quoted by the BBC: I'll keep doing this every day until I get caught.  Meanwhile, Scotland Yard combs through CCTV footage, identifying rioters and disseminating their pictures.  And all over the world, people are following the events, sifting out the dismissive tone of the reporters, and see themselves reflected.

Events in Tunisia were the first sparks in a cascade of insurrections across the Arab world, a symphony of events dubbed the Arab Spring. Those events captured the hearts of people in places like Egypt, Bahrain, and Sirya who knew that the future they had been promised didn't exist. Events in the Arab world were recuperated into openings for western-style democracies (and western capitalism). In London, another group of people, whose future was also reneged, are coming together to express their rage, perhaps in ways that are less recuperable. As Darcus mentions, the parallels are clear. After the Arab Spring, here's looking towards the Fall of the West.

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