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August 2011: as a result of a police fatal shooting, disaffected hooded youth burn houses, vandalize public property, and brake into high-street stores
British as well as 2008 Greek shockingly violent riots happened on the watch of conservative governments that refused to even accept reality, let alone address the social, political and economic dimensions of the events. Instead, David Cameron, just as Kostas Karamanlis did back in 2008, went for the easy way out. He preferred to shove the problems under the carpet and mask the chronic frustrations of a rather big chunk of the British youth, with a populist “opportunistic motives” propaganda, dismissing the marginalized young protesters as common-law criminals. There is no reason to doubt that this is at least partly the case. But you would expect from two contemporary European leaders to take a closer look as to what’s really wrong with their countries.
As in Greece in 2008, British media are also accused of applying its stereotypical paintbrush to the youth spectrum.