In recent days, England has seen a shocking level of violence, criminality, looting and arson across its major cities for 4 nights now. From what normally feels like a safe country, gangs of young people have been engaging in 'copy cat riots', after a riot was sparked Saturday night after the death of a black man in North London.
In the past few days, cars, homes and businesses have been set on fire by mobs, bottles thrown at the police and the Prime Minister, Home Secretary and Mayor of London have returned early from their holidays to take action. The PM has been chairing emergency meetings.
I watched in disbelief on TV as places across my city went up in flames on Monday night. Last night, the riots spread to Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham and the Midlands. 16,000 police were deployed across London to stop it happening again last night. The police cells in London are full with hundreds of arrests being made and people being tried in court already, sitting through the night.
Others have died protecting communities or being involved in riots.
However, despite this very scary and unusual thing happening in my country, we have seen an amazing amount of community spirit. People serving cups of tea to police on riot shields, those gathering in the streets to clear up the broken glass after the riots with brooms, people speaking out against the riots and OPERATION CUP OF TEA- us anti rioters expressing our protest to the riots on facebook by simply sitting at home and drinking cups of tea.
So community spirit is alive and well. There are good people in my country despite the evil being perpetuated and making people scared to leave their homes at night.
I wish you a happy Wednesday and I hope that the trouble in our society gets better. x