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UK unrest : Revolution?

Postby abuali » 13 Aug 2011, 01:42

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The unrest in UK has filled the media screens for several days now, Its ironic that the 'unrest' appears at a time when the middle east is under 'turmoil' or 'revolutions'. (i just had to highlight the choice of words media uses to pass subliminal messages to their unsuspecting viewers).

We beg to ask the question, whats happening?

The British PM, while trying to explain the events, blames the irresponsible culture of the citizens.

Lets share our views and opinions on the issue. We can also post interesting news articles about the same here.
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Postby abuali » 13 Aug 2011, 01:43

Iran summons UK Charge d'affaires
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/193636.html

Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned the British Charge d'affaires Jane Marriott over the persistence of the use of violence by police to crackdown on protesters.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry's Western Europe Department conveyed Tehran's concerns over the violent dealings of the British police with protesters to Marriott, IRNA reported.

The Iranian official called on the British government to “heed the demands and true requests” of the protesters in the country.

On Tuesday, Iran's deputy head of the Majlis (Parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said Tehran is prepared to send a delegation to investigate instances of human rights abuse in Britain.

Moreover, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad strongly condemned the violent treatment of British protesters by police forces in remarks made on Wednesday.

The unrest in Britain began on August 6 in the north London suburb of Tottenham, after a few hundred people gathered outside a police station to protest against the fatal shooting and killing of a black man, Mark Duggan, by the police.

Thereafter, violent protests erupted in major cities like Birmingham, Liverpool, and Bristol, contributing to Britain's worst riot since the 1930s.
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Postby abuali » 13 Aug 2011, 01:45

'Colonial legacy cause of UK unrest'
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Senior Iranian cleric Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi

Tehran's interim Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi blames Britain's colonial past for the unprecedented social unrest in the country.

“No one thought that Britain, which was once a pioneer in arrogance and colonialism, would one day be engulfed in the flames of its people's wrath,” IRNA quoted Hojjatoleslam Seddiqi as saying on Friday.

The Iranian cleric said the unrest in Britain was the direct result of the crimes and atrocities it has committed in other countries.

“The colonialists schemed and spent money to create chaos in [other] countries and today the result of their plotting is the events they have been stricken with.”

Seddiqi criticized the British government for its lack of media transparency and for imposing censorship on independent media.

He said Britain's military ambitions -- which have cost British taxpayers a fortune -- have led to social poverty and injustice in the country.

The cleric further criticized the West for propagating racial extremism and Islamophobia.

The unrest in Britain began on August 6 in the north London suburb of Tottenham, after a few hundred people gathered outside a police station to protest against the fatal shooting and killing of a black man, Mark Duggan, by the police.

Thereafter, violent protests erupted in major cities like Birmingham, Liverpool, and Bristol, contributing to Britain's worst riot since the 1930s.

Hojjatoleslam Seddiqi deplored the policies adopted by Western powers, the United States in particular, regarding African countries where famine is pushing Somalia and its neighbors towards a humanitarian crisis.

“The US has looted much of Africa's resources and today there are no reports of relief efforts by this country for the famine-stricken Somalis,” he stated.

Tehran's interim Friday Prayers leader pointed to the humanitarian aid convoys the Islamic Republic has sent to Somalia, encouraging more humanitarian supplies for about 3.7 million Somalis who are on the brink of starvation.
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Postby abuali » 13 Aug 2011, 01:49

UK threatens to ban social networks
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The UK has threatened to kill access to social networking websites following the outbreak of, what the authorities have described as, the country's worst unrest in a generation.


Prime Minister David Cameron addressed a statement to the parliament on Thursday, warning to unleash a clampdown on the web-based social outfits, including Facebook, Twitter and Research in Motion, the producer of BlackBerry devices, AFP reported.

He said the government would consider applying the ban against the people, who are suspected of 'inciting violence online.'

The premier cautioned the websites to take more responsibility for their contents.

Unrest has rocked Britain in a scale unprecedented in 30 years following the police's killing of black male Mark Duggan in a shooting spree in the London suburb of Tottenham last Thursday.

The security forces fatally shot the 26-year-old after stopping his minicab to make an arrest as part of a preplanned operation.

Tension erupted on Saturday, when a few hundred people gathered outside a police station in Tottenham to protest the killing.

The protests have spread to major cities like Birmingham, Liverpool, and Bristol.

They came while the pressure on the Britons from economic stagnation has been compounded by deep public spending cuts and tax increases aimed at eliminating a budget deficit that has peaked at more than 10 percent of the GDP.

Scotland Yard has said at least 1,200 people have been arrested for taking part in the public show of outrage.

Cameron's threat, meanwhile, defied the White Hall's claim to being an advocate of human rights and freedom of expression.
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Postby abuali » 13 Aug 2011, 01:51

Britain unrest 'the language of unheard'
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/193587.html

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The British unrests that have been sweeping the capital and many other cities across England are an explosion of “bitterness and rage” created by the coalition government's austerity measures, SWP said.


In a statement published on its website, Socialist Workers Party (SWP)stressed that the recent unrests are “what happens in a society of deep and growing inequality, where there are great pools of unemployment and poverty, where there is systematic police harassment and racism, and where many young people feel they have no future.”

SWP said that the massive unrests were not about what Prime Minister David Cameron called as “criminality” or “mindless violence,” but the political slogans like “Whose streets, our streets,” an asking for “Justice” and accusations of the police have been the key elements of all the protests.

The market disorder is more disturbing than the supposed violence on the streets across England, as “the backdrop is the deepening of the capitalist crisis.” SWP considered the bankers and businessmen, who carry on seizing bonuses even as salaries are hit, have demonstrated themselves more efficiently than any looter.

The British anti-capitalist paper also accused the Police, particualry Tottenham police that has shown another episode of its history of racism and brutality by killing Mark Duggan who received officers' fatal shooting last Thursday and triggered the first night of unrest in north London on Saturday.

British police has been well-known for harassing young black and Asian people, with black people being 26 times more probable to be stopped and searched by police than white people.

During recent unrest 1500 people have been arrested, and David Cameron and other politicians vowed to give police even more powers. SWP expressed its strong opposition at the so-called extra powers. And condemned Prime Minister's remarks when he said: “Whatever resources the police need, they will get. Whatever tactics the police feel they need to employ, they have legal backing to do it.”

The phone hacking scandal of Rupert Murdoch's media empire demonstrated the corruption of the Metropolitan Police, “Their brutality and racism are clear to millions,” SWP said.

SWP stressed that unrest is a way people choose to express their outrage, as Martin Luther King said protests are “the language of the unheard,” and that the recent demonstrations would not have happened without the harsh spending cuts imposed by the coalition government.

Last year the government of David Cameron tripled the university fees to £ 9,000 a year, and took Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) from 630,000 students, hoisting “No entry to education” sign at universities.

“Britain is already less equal that at any time since the 1930s. While many of those who left school last month face a future without hope, the combined fortunes of the 1,000 richest people in Britain rose £60 billion in 2011 to nearly £400 billion,” the statement also read.

The UK unrests also revealed the complete failure of Labour leader Ed Miliband to present an alternative to the Tories. All the parties united and announced that the police must tackle the protesters, and now they seemingly have no other solution except water cannon, prison sentences and the army on the streets.
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Postby abuali » 13 Aug 2011, 01:53

'British PM must be tried for war crimes'
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/193634.html

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Deputy Chairman of Iran's Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mohammad-Karim Abedi

A senior Iranian lawmaker has called on the UN Security Council to condemn the British prime minister for the brutal repression of protesters in the UK as a 'war criminal.'


Deputy Chairman of Iran's Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mohammad-Karim Abedi on Friday lashed out at David Cameron for his regime's crackdown on protesters, describing it as “unacceptable,” Fars News Agency reported.

Speaking at a news conference outside 10 Downing Street on Thursday, British Prime Minister Cameron said he had authorized the use of rubber bullets and water cannon by the Metropolitan Police to suppress the widespread protests by youths -- who UK politicians refer to as gangs of criminals.

"If the Security Council does not put David Cameron's trial as a war criminal on its agenda and does not meet this demand of the British nation, nations' view of this council will definitely change more than ever before,” he said.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran as an establishment which considers itself an advocate of the rights of nations cannot remain silent on the British kingdom's crimes,” Abedi underlined.

The unrest in Britain broke out on August 6 in Tottenham, north London, after a few hundred people gathered outside a police station to protest the fatal shooting and killing of a black man, Mark Duggan, by the police.

Violent protests soon erupted in major cities like Birmingham, Liverpool, and Bristol, contributing to Britain's worst riot since the 1930s.

On Thursday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the British chargé d'affaires in Tehran to convey Iran's concern over the heavy-handed handling of protests in Britain.

Earlier, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for an end to the use of force against demonstrators in Britain.

Deputy chairman of Iran's Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Ebrahimi said on Tuesday that Iran is ready to send a delegation to investigate human rights in Britain.

The commander of Iran's Basij Force has also expressed readiness to deploy peacekeepers to monitor the rights situation in Britain.

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