Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Sieges and ambushes

Further to my previous post regarding the authorities' attitude to Islamism: how foolish of me not to realise it's not specific to Islamism.

My local newspaper, the Islington Tribune, reports on a series of attacks on Muslim students at City University:
Up to 30 youths attacked students on Monday with bricks and metal poles.
Last Thursday students were under siege in the law building as fireworks were aimed at them. Later that day, after being advised by police to split into smaller groups to avoid appearing "intimidating", a group of students was ambushed in St John Street, Finsbury, where four were stabbed.

Like advising a herd of gazelle to split into smaller groups to appear less "intimidating" to the lions. What's more, a siege, something that implies the passage of a fair amount of time. How is that allowed to happen? It was all in broad daylight too.

Further attacks ensued, vicious beatings with bricks, metal poles and bicycle seats (?), leaving one student unconscious.
It is believed the gangs, who have been taunting the students with anti-Muslim abuse, may live nearby, with several of those involved in the attack having been spotted in recent days.
The groups have been seen sending out lookouts to report back on the movements of students.
Three men, aged 17, 18 and 19, were arrested and released on bail until January. They have been banned from going within 100 metres of the university, and ordered not to contact students or prosecution witnesses.
"We view this generally as an isolated incident." Islington Police's Superintendant informs us - but a carefully organised one involving dozens of thugs. But not to worry - it may just be anti-student hi-jinks: "People mustn't forget the November 5 element" he goes on.

I hope the Super isn't referring to some of the less savoury aspects of 'November 5', as he excitingly labels it. Perhaps next year we might expect some sectarian immolations?


worm said...

The area around St John street and the city university is still very predominantly genuine local working class whites. I can imagine them being quite territorial.

Bunny Smedley said...

Local papers often paint a rather surprising picture of present-day Britain. For instance, a few years ago, the Trocadero centre here in the West End was periodically invaded by organised bands of 'youths' who would fight each other, destroy property and generally run riot.

Race wasn't, I think, an issue - but gang warfare probably was. In some cases it literally took hours for the police to get the venue under control. Yet this happened in central London, less than a mile from the Palace of Westminster.

All rather Georgian, really - although perhaps not in precisely the way more mainstream reactionaries might wish.

Sean said...

Its a funny old world is it not? when its Muslim Youths doing the attacking its "Asian Youths", when its "Asian Youths" being attacked then its "Muslim Youths"

Its almost hilarious watching the media classes get their knickers in a post modernist twist.

Hey Skipper said...

Why hasn't anything remotely like this happened in the US?



Thanks to Gaw, I have read some of your stuff.


Gaw said...

Worm: I used to live on St John Street and you're right. There's always been an undercurrent of low level crime but it's the first time I've come across racism-inspired violence.

Bunny: I suspect if the news stars were in alignment this sort of thing could kick off one of those moral panics we enjoy so much.

I wonder if there are going to be counter-attacks or demonstrations by Muslims brought into the area (the students mostly come from elsewhere)? I wouldn't be surprised. As in Luton, passive policing encourages vigilantism.

Of course, the white working-class thugs that did this are keeping up the dubious traditions of the London mob, one continuity I don't enjoy seeing thrive!

Sean: That's a good spot! The powers-that-be are terribly confused. I wish we could get back to a straightforward impartiality that came down like a ton of bricks on all law-breakers. Obviously totally ridiculous suggestion, of course.

Skip: That's an excellent question. The US's more open political culture? The proportionately fewer Muslims in the US? Perhaps Muslim immigrants in the US aren't so culturally different from the host population? Perhaps you don't have the same sort of embittered white underclass (aka chavs)? Racial violence in the US being more heavily surrounded by taboos?

In other words, I don't really know. What do you think?

Gadjo Dilo said...

Oh shit. It's times like these that one really values good policing. Back when I was 18 I thought I might train to be a copper if I failed my A levels; I think now, despite the ridicule of my classmates at the time, it wouldn't have been such a wanky career choice.

Hey Skipper said...

Skip: That's an excellent question. The US's more open political culture? The proportionately fewer Muslims in the US? Perhaps Muslim immigrants in the US aren't so culturally different from the host population?

I really don't know; my best guess -- and it is only a guess -- is that the US is essentially an immigrant society (e.g., my mother is English, and my dad's parents grew up in German speaking households). Secondarily, we have sufficiently recent experience with lynchings so as to perhaps remain sufficiently cautionary.

Can't be anything angelic; Lord knows we have enough murders for other reasons here.