Life events, London

Fight for a good cause

August 12th, 2011.

This weekend saw widespread rioting across London, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the Brixton riots’ of the 1980’s.

Although the disturbance had begun in Tottenham, it was Hackney in East London that felt the brunt of the violence the worst.

Amid the chaos, a resident spoke out against the chaos (see the video above) and managed to give an important citizenship lesson in the process.

Her point being that the initial reason for the protest (the death of Mark Duggen) had descented into widespread rioting.

Another victim of the insanity was hairdresser owner Aaron Biber, 89, who had opened his barber shop at 6 A.M every day, but by the end of the day his business lay in ruins.

Despite facing certain hardship, with over 25K of damage, he was unrepentant. “I want to keep working” he told the Evening Standard. The story prompted the public to raise over 15K to save the shop.

This was the first time I had witnessed such aggressiveness in London, and I must admit the scenes I witnessed frightened me. However, seeing the generosity that people showed in the aftermath made me feel that I am also willing to fight for a good cause.

See you next time

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