Re: Rioting all over the shop, was NEWS: Genoa Riots

Date: Mon Jul 23 2001 - 22:46:46 MDT

In a message dated 7/23/2001 5:31:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< Your guess is right, none of the rioters were Hindu, they were all Muslims
 of Pakistani origin (Mirpuri in the main to be precise). I'm not sure why
 you think this helps explain it though. Generally speaking the Hindu
 community here in Britain has not been involved in any of the recent
 disturbances, and is highly successful economically. The youths involved in
 the riots, whether Asian or White, are generally from very poor
 neighbourhoods. One major cause of the tension is competition between ethnic
 groups for government money - each group believes the other is getting too
 much at its expense. Another is the manifold side-effects of the "war on
 drugs". I don't believe the (nominal) religion of the rioters has anything
 much to do with it. The primary cultural influence on many of these young
 men is the subculture of gangsta rap - they wish they could be Tupac Shakur
 (but alive of course!:)) Steve Davies >>

Thanks Steve.

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