Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Riots - What You Can Do To Help

Anarchists have been fingered as the main trouble-causers of the ongoing London riots, which have now spread to other British cities.  But many would dispute the easy come mainstream media speculation.
  A disaffected generation seem to be the main impetus, and their anger has been turned inwards, upon their own community.  Anyone who knows anarchists knows that the last people in their sights is the local community.
  So what can be done?
  Well, if you're in an affected area, organise - get to know if there are elderly and infirm people in the neighbouring buildings, find out their needs.  Get people to keep a bath of water and a bucket handy, to fight fires.  Cut down on travel to shops, especially at night.  Keep in communication with friends and neighbours... is it worth brealking into that blazing building only to find the Joneses are on holiday?
  Keep a grab bag by the bed - passports, deeds, qualifications, heirlooms, cash.
  Keep a pair of trainers by the bed as well - racing across broken glass ain't good.
  Stay tuned in, don't drink whilst this shit is happening - you may need to have your wits about you.
  Keep your mobile charged up and topped up.
  So - got yourself sorted?  Now look at the community.  Elderly and infirm, families with small children... maybe you can pop to the shops instead of them.
  Swat up on first aid - use the internet to do so. Red Cross and St Johns Ambulance are my recommendations.
  Lastly - get out there and do what you can.  I'm writing this with my riot kit on, about to step outside.  And tonight, for once... I'll be helping the police if they need it.

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