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Riots Shock Doctrine: a right to freedom of expression

Riots Shock Doctrine: a right to freedom of expression Posted on 13 August 2011Leave a comment

“Tory MP: Plain disgusting these riots, aren’t they? Youths ganging up… It’s immoral and raucous black thu-

David Cameron: Blackberrys, you mean? I agree. Social networks have brought a plague on us. A sickness in the heart of our society!”

When David Lammy tweeted about the disgrace of Blackberry in promoting these riots, it was clear that politicians were clutching at strings to retain a sense of integrity. So when David Cameron carried it into the emergency Parliamentary session yesterday, it was clear that the Shock Doctrine was showing us its arrogant face again.

This time, instead of focussing the debate on the innocent murder of a 29 year old black man by the police, David Cameron swiftly shifted the debate to blame these “thugs” that have all of a sudden appeared in our society. Spawn of “ultra-feminist wrecker” Harriet Harman, according to Melanie Phillips.

If Harriet Harman was even close to an “ultra feminist,” perhaps Labour wouldn’t be shouting for more police officers on the streets. Instead of bringing up how the police exploits the inequality rifts in our society by shooting and victimising those who have no voice, our government has reacted in hypocritical privileged disgust.

So instead of looking at the institutionalised racism in our society, or the gross inequalities that has led an entire generation to feel alienated from their own communities, we’re facing the death of free speech in the name of “protection”. Welcome to the latest round of the Shock Doctrine, Britain.

The fear of riots has allowed the Tories to advocate the desecration of our human rights. If the government and the police are given the right to surveil our social networks and private messages, what else will they have access to? These measures are supposed to allow police to access personal data WITHOUT a fair judicial process. In other words, there will be no checks and balances.

We have a right to privacy. We have a right to keep our communications secure – digital or not. Riots have happened before – and our fundamental human rights should not be the cost for the tragedy of a few buildings looted and/or burned down.

For more information on Privacy follow @onorobot on Twitter and sign the petition on the here. Don’t let the Shock Doctrine take you over.

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