Riots on an Olympic scale?
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It’s a year since the summer riots descended on the cities of London, Birmingham, Manchester and Salford. After the shooting of Mark Duggan by police in Tottenham, many who were already on the brink of breakdown were angered further. But with the economic climate no better than that of last year, more than 21% of young people still unemployed and the Olympics looking to stretch financial pressures on the city even more, should London be preparing itself for another riot once the Olympics are over? The Olympics seem to have everybody wearing rose tinted glasses at the moment. A lot of people are getting into the spirit, joining in the excitement and getting behind team GB whole heartedly. While this is all good I have an ominous feeling that, come the end of the Olympics and the removal of those rose tinted glasses, the riot Olympics will begin. You can see it brewing everywhere just below the surface of the British spirit front everyone seems to be wearing. Disgruntled travellers on the roads and rails of London, the excess of money being spent on an event that lasts two weeks when we are constantly being told we’re in a double dip recession, and the constant pressure on jobs. This is all being noted and will be used as ammunition. London, a mixing pot of cultures already, will be pushed to the brim with a temporary population of over nine million people from every corner of the earth descending on the capital.
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