Thursday, August 11, 2011

Youth Uprisings Occuring In The United States

Editor's note. The following paragraphs were lifted from today's edition of World Socialist Website (Notes on the social crisis in America). One must seriously ponder why these incidents have not been reported in the international media. 

Philadelphia imposes youth curfew to prevent “flash mobs”

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced Monday a curfew of 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights for any resident under the age of 18. The curfew affects the Center City and University City neighborhoods, where youth have congregated in “flash mobs” organized via social networking tools and text messaging. “If you want to act like an idiot—move,” Nutter said, saying that parents of youth caught outdoors past curfew would be fined $500 or charged with child neglect.
Instances of violence, looting and vandalism committed by large groups of mostly young people have been on the rise in the US over the summer. On June 23, a group convened in the Upper Darby suburb of Philadelphia and looted a Sears store. In the Shaker Heights neighborhood of Cleveland a July 4 event ended in a brawl after 1,000 teenagers responded to a flash-mob text message.

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