Friday, August 12, 2011

'British PM mocking human rights'

Source: Press TV

A political analyst says the way British Prime Minister David Cameron and his cabinet are tackling the nation-wide unrest is a mockery of human rights.

“[David Cameron] talks about phony human rights; [he] will not get in the way of police using water cannons, guns...draconian powers, cracking down, smashing the youth rebellion,” said Mark Wadsworth, editor of, in an interview with Press TV.

Wadsworth also pointed out the British premier is a wealthy man who is surrounded by more than a dozen millionaires in his cabinet who have no "sympathy" with the young protesters.

“Many of these people in the uprisings are children and they're being treated like the enemy within,” he added.

The analyst further noted that it is a bit “rich” for the British politicians to describe the youths, who are angry about the economic and war-mongering policies of their leaders, as hooligans.

“You've got George Osborne, the Chancellor of Exchequer, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, and David Cameron, who in their youth used to smash up restaurants as part of the Bullingdon Club,” Wadsworth said.

The unrest in Britain began on August 6 in the north London suburb of Tottenham, after a few hundred people gathered outside a police station to protest against the fatal shooting and killing of a Black man, Mark Duggan by the police.

Thereafter, violent protests erupted in major cities like Birmingham, Liverpool, and Bristol, contributing to Britain's worst riot since the 1980s.

Speaking at a news conference outside 10 Downing Street on Thursday, British prime minster said he had authorized the use of rubber bullets and water cannon by the Metropolitan Police to suppress the widespread protests.

Britain has a bad track record on using rubber bullets against unarmed civilians which has created great concerns among human rights activists and organizations.

Numerous groups, from European Parliament to Human Rights Watch, have called for a ban on rubber bullets.

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