Hackney Burning: In Pictures
By now, it is only an unborn child that’s not aware London is burning down. Hackney had its share of the looting and destruction yesterday. I dare say these youths were out of their minds. Watching them, it was as if they had been possessed and had lost every control they had over themselves. Something bigger than you, them or myself had taken over their minds and it was hell bent on destroying the community and by all means destroy them because when the police finally catches up with them, if they do find them, their future has a question mark written all over it.
I won’t bore you with words because there is nothing I say now that you may not have heard in the news. However, what I would like to add as reiterated by all – there is no excuse for the damage on Clarence Road, Hackney or any other part of London. When they have their date with the law, one can only hope they have had enough time to reflect and think of a better way to make a point when they are dissatisfied and disenfranchised with the system. Looting other people’s livelihoods while chanting ‘we hate the system’ is not the way to do it.
There is no excuse for the destruction and looting but after all the blame, posturing and arguing by those in power, who have lost touch with the products of their policies, reconciliation, rehabilitation and re-integration must take place. If not, come 20 years from now, we will be at it again…and this is just one stand of this complex mess…
Clarence Road, Hackney suffered most of the violence in the borough. A busy road packed with shops was razed down in hours.