The letters page of thelondonpaper yesterday was full of angry people. Some were angry at Mayor Boris Johnson’s lame performance at the Olympics handover, and others were angry at the newspaper’s article yesterday that black youths were rioting at the Notting Hill Carnival. The original article, unsurprisingly, was mostly the result of police briefing, with its clear bias.
Most of the letter writers, who said they were white, said they saw the police being completely over-the-top in harassing and targeting black youths at the carnival, to the point that it was clearly agitating people. One local resident pointed out that in previous years when the police were more relaxed, the mood at the carnival was much better. Another said he was disgusted by the racist comments that some policemen were making.
In one sense it’s a low level campaign to challenge the legitimacy of the carnival. When Boris will look to pull the carnival’s funding, he’ll use the “violence” as his excuse. The police and the media will be on hand to help out on that front. Let’s see how long it takes.
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