Advertising | Metro Eireann | Top News | Contact Us
Governor Uduaghan awarded the 2013 International Outstanding Leadership Award  •   South African Ambassador to leave  •   Roddy's back with his new exclusive "Brown-Eyed Boy"  •  
Print E-mail

UK on fire - Britain suffers days of riots, looting

Last update - Monday, August 15, 2011, 19:40 By Metro Éireann

DYSFUNCTION and disillusionment among Brit-ain’s ethnic minority youths is being identified as having kick-started riots which spread across the UK last week.

The violence appears to have begun primarily among black protesters, but television footage of the escalating hostility across cities has found that rioters were from different backgrounds, including white young people.
The riots were sparked by the death of 29-year-old Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police in Tottenham, north London, last Thursday, and whose death is now being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The crisis is once again spotlighting unemployment levels and disenfranchisement among ethnic minorities in the UK, with a 2004 statistical study having found that unemployment among black Caribbean, black African, Bangladeshi and mixed ethnic groups – between 13-14 per cent – was around three times the rates for white British.
Moreover, a UK Department of Works and Pensions study found that two-fifths of ethnic minorities live in low-income households – twice the rate for white households.
London suffered three consecutive nights of riots, looting and arson by masked youths before violence spread to other British cities on Monday last.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has said the violence is likely to cost insurers “tens of millions of pounds”.

Latest News:
Latest Video News:
Photo News:
Kerry drinking and driving
How do you feel about the Kerry County Councillor\'s recent passing of legislation to allow a limited amount of drinking and driving?
I agree with the passing, it is acceptable
I disagree with the passing, it is too dangerous
I don\'t have a strong opinion either way
Quick Links