The world seems to be becoming more and more chaotic as flash mobs have sprung up from nowhere, rioting, attacking people and property, seemingly in response to the harsh worldwide economic situation.
In London, they’re recovering from three nights of rioting where hundreds of people rampaged through the streets, leaving several local neighborhoods destroyed. One man is dead, dozens injured and arrested, with the protests spreading to parts of Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol.
In Great Britain, in late June, half the public schools in Britain where closed down due to a massive protest over public pensions cuts, including three major teachers’ unions, customs and immigration officers, and air traffic controllers. 750,000 people took part in the protest.
According to the press in London, unrest among the urban poor has been brewing for years, in neighborhoods like Tottenham, where the riots started.
However, just like the recent flash mob in Wisconsin, the press covered it up. According to one citizen of “Londonistan”:
There was not a word in the press about our protests. Last night (Saturday) a bit of rioting and looting and now look around you.
In response, Prime Minister David Cameron has doubled the amount of police officers in the streets and instituted curfews for young adults.
His conservative government is under fire for spending cuts to social programs in order to help reduce the country’s debt. Among those hit the hardest are large numbers of minority youths who have been at the forefront of the unrest.
And spending cuts cause people to lose their ethics, morals, and their very minds?
In Israel, 250,000 people participated in protests in Tel Aviv on Saturday over the rising cost of living. Demonstrations actually began last month when a few people set up tents in an expensive part of Tel Aviv to protest rising property prices.
According to Reuters, the protesters want the following:
Increase personal tax brackets for top earners
Enshrine the right to housing in the law; introduce rent controls; boost mortgage relief
Stop further privatization of things such as health facilities
Provide free education for all from the age of three months
Raise the minimum wage to 50 percent of the average wage
In the Mediterannean countries of Spain, Greece, and Portugal,there have been protests in reaction to government austerity programs and horrible economic conditions.
Riots started in Greece last June over the country’s parliament’s vote to approve severe cutbacks in government spending.
Dozens of people were hurt and businesses were destroyed as police battled rioters with tear gas and night sticks.
Greek lawmakers made the decision to make the spending cuts so Greece would be able to receive more bailout money from the International Monetary Fund and European Union.
The protests in Spain occurred when thousands of people turned out in late May to protest the country’s 21 percent unemployment rate.
They were also protesting against government corruption and austerity measures to reign in the country’s debt. Hundreds of people set up tents in a Madrid square and spent a week there in protest.
Last March, Portugal saw massive strikes and protests over government spending cuts. At least 200,000 people protested in Lisbon.
In the Phillipines,in May, thousands marched for higher pay. They wanted better wages in order to cope with rising inflation and higher oil prices.
The government has held job fairs in a meek response to the situation.
In Communist China, around 1,000 cab drivers in eastern China stopped traffic and protested on Aug. 1 over rising fuel costs.
China is experiencing surging inflation, with food prices recently increasing 12 percent.
In June, there were reports of thousands of workers fighting for three days with police in the capital city of the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, during a protest of declining living standards.
The protests actually began in February,in an attempt to copy the Arab Spring uprising. At the time, calls through Chinese social networks were sent out for an uprising in several local cities.
According to published reports, the turnout was small in comparison to the enormous police presence and there were actually more fights between reporters and officials than demonstrators.
In Syria,starting with the Arab Spring, protests and riots against President Bashar al-Assad have been going on for five months.
Again, according to published reports, at least 1,600 people have been killed by the Syrian Government.
This is nothing new in Syria. In 1982 then-president Hafez al Assad, the father of Bashar al-Assad, sent troops into the Syrian town of Hama, slaughtering between 10 – 40,000 citizens.
Under siege by calls by Syria’s Arab neighbors as well as the United States, Assad says he has no intention of giving up his post as president.
And, before you reach the false assumption that this sort of Flash Mob Violence will not occur her, in the greatest country on Earth, allow me to draw your attention to this post from csmonitor.com:
State police are roaming the Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee, looking for teenage troublemakers. Philadelphia is stepping up enforcement of a curfew for teens in the Center City business district. Chicago police have beefed up patrols along the city’s “Miracle Mile” district in response to recent teenage “flash robs,” some which police say were orchestrated via social media.
What connects the three city crackdowns are teen-perpetrated crimes that are part opportunistic, part thrill-seeking, and, some residents fear, part racially motivated: dozens of black teenagers collectively targeting, and attacking, white people they don’t even know. Resentment fueled by dogged segregation, poor unemployment opportunities for young black men, and historic inequalities may all be playing into an atmosphere of racial discontent, sociologists say.
“[Mob violence] certainly doesn’t seem to be a national problem, but [police are indicating] there’s now reason to believe that it could potentially emerge as a problem,” says Sean Varano, a criminologist at Roger Williams University, in Bristol, R.I.
On Monday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said he would add street patrols and start enforcing a 9 p.m. weekend curfew for 13- to 18-year-olds for the Center City arts and shopping area. He took the step after a series of incidents over the past two years, including two in the past two weeks, in which black teens beat up on their victims, who were primarily white.
In a message Monday to the mob suspects, Mayor Nutter, Philadelphia’s third black mayor, said, “You have damaged your own race.”
“These are majority African-American youths and they need to be called on it,” the head of Philadelphia’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, J. Whyatt Mondesire, told the Washington Times.
So, the question I have, is:
Are all these supposed Flash Mob Riots occurring spontaneously because of poor economic conditions, or, is all of this occurring as a result of behind-the-scenes forces using the downtrodden to implement their nefarious (be they secular or religious) plans?
Stay tuned and stay vigilant.