Fantastic statement on the riots by UK Youth Parliament:
The UKYP condemn all forms violence used towards property or any member of the general public. At this difficult time our thoughts are with the families of those involved as victims in these riots around the country.
We believe that such acts of violence and public misconduct are not the way for any young person or adults to get their voices heard in any way, shape or form.
We wish to express our support for the Police and Fire Service in their efforts to restore order in these communities.
We also unconditionally support the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that Government has a duty to ensure that all children and young people are protected from all forms of violence and are safe in society.
We appeal to all young people to co-operate with the authorities to ensure safety and order is restored.
The London region of the UK Youth Parliament strongly condemns the criminal acts perpetrated by rioters in London and elsewhere. This vandalism and theft is unjustifiable. Members of the Youth Parliament from across London are united in their shock and disbelief at the violence occurring in the local authorities they represent. We believe these rioters are grossly unrepresentative of young people in London, the vast majority of whom support the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade in their brave struggle to restore public order.
UKYP London have also been calling on decision makers to alter their course and support this generation of young people more, rather than cutting funding to the support networks they rely on. We are in the middle of running our own scrutiny enquiry into the closure of youth centres and educational facilities, which may have been a factor in denying young people access to positive activities that steer them away from crime, so a review of these extensive spending cuts is crucial in preventing this from ever reoccurring.
A Point of View:
‘This event is a tragedy for the image of young people as it only involves a tiny minority of youths, yet will be seen by many as a representation of all young people. However this is clearly not the case. Young people need to work together to build the communities of the future and not have the rioters destroy the present. I truly feel for the innocent people that have had their livelihoods, homes and work places set on fire and looted. This behavior is unacceptable and saddening to see.’
Madison Rogers, DMYP,
(Media rep) 16 from Madeley near Newcastle under Lyme
Member of Staffordshire’s Youth Action Kouncil
Chair of Newcastle’s Young People’s Association