Socialist Worker

Angry and defiant meeting in Tottenham

by Sam Bogg
Issue No. 2264

African-Caribbean, white and asian people came together at the Socialist Workers Party public meeting 'From riot to revolution' in Tottenham last night (Wednesday).

Some 78 people came to discuss how to politically respond to the shooting of Mark Duggan and the subsequent riots. The meeting was angry and defiant.

Prime minister David Cameron has threatened to crackdown on people charged in connection to the riots, and evict these families from council housing. One of the most important discussions was on the start of a defence campaign.

Barry said, 'When I grew up police had stupid hats and shirts, now we see the police increasingly tooled up. What we need is a defence campaign to make sure people arrested are not alone and don't get sent down with political sentences.'

Another person stood up and said 'All the politicians condemn the crackdown in Syria and Libya, and celebrate when these people rise up, but when we do they say it isn't ok.'

Alex, 19, said, 'The government and the police are going to be looking for vengeance. They are already talking about water cannons and plastic bullets.

'But if people don't listen, this will happen again.'

Many people argued that the riot showed the real violence of Tory cuts.

Katie, 19, said, 'People were getting upset about Carpet Right saying that it was a landmark. Yeah, it was a landmark. It survived World War Two and Hitler but could only survive one year of the Tories. What does that say?'

  • North London United anti-cuts demonstration this Saturday (13 Aug) at 1 pm from Gillett Square, Dalston, N16 8JN to Tottenham Green.
  • Public meeting: After the riots…Defend our young people, give them a future. Those attending include Winston Silcott, Zita Holbourne, Paul Gilroy, Stafford Scott, Weyman Bennett. Monday 15 August at North London Community House, 22 Moorefield Rd, N17 6PY

    Bus 149, 279, 318, 349, 476

    Underground Tottenham Hale, Overground Bruce Grove

Plans to protest outside the courts of those arrested will be arranged soon.


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