Newspaper Forced to Reprint After Blaming GTA for London Protests
Posted on Tuesday, August 9 @ 06:19:10 PST by Nicholas Tan
The original opinion piece in the newspaper quoted a constable connecting video games to the rioting youth (nearly all of the arrests made due to the protest have been of people 21 or younger):
Go home, get a takeaway and watch anything that happens on TV... These are bad people who did this. Kids out of control. When I was young it was all Pacman and board games. Now they're playing Grand Theft Auto and want to live it for themselves.Sounds like a lot of rubbish to me.
I could go into the many, not-video-game-related-at-all reasons for the protests - the highly questionable police shooting of the 29-year-old father of four Mark Duggan, the bailouts to the banks, terribly unemployment, the $130 billion cut to public spending through 2015, the feeling that the police are prejudiced, the tripling of tuition fees for some students, the public-sector pensions being cut, opportunistic looters feeding the fire - so I'm thankful that the newspaper had enough sense to rethink the causes for its city's chaos.
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