First, what distinguished developments on my patch from those elsewhere was the decision of the dominant local ethnic minority to make a stand. By late evening, hundreds of Turkish men – not just the tasty geezers and the handy lads, but men of all ages – had gathered at the junction where their turf starts. A small number were armed with clubs.
I overheard negotiations between a hoodie ringleader and a Turkish representative, which went something like this:
Hoodie: ‘I know that you are just trying to defend your community. We all get the same shit.’ Turk: ‘Yeah, I know. Peace.’
Within minutes, there was some kind of ruckus and the youths fled en masse. I heard later that their departure was sparked when one of their number was caught shoplifting in a Turkish store and, shall we say, dealt with.
So, lefties: praiseworthy neighbourhood self-organisation or petit bourgeois vigilantism in defence of small property? Discuss.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Publicada por Miguel Madeira em 10:44