12 Aug 2011

Street Riots: The Live Debate on Channel 4

What caused the riots? What now for Britain? A week since the street violence began, Channel 4 hosts a live debate on Saturday evening at 7pm, with Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Street Riots: The Live Debate on Channel 4.

A week since the first London riots, cities around the UK have witnessed an unprecedented wave of street violence and looting. Dozens of shops and homes have been devastated by fire. High streets are boarded up.

What began in Tottenham as a protest over the shooting of a local man by police became a nationwide crisis; for the police, politicians and British society.

David Cameron cut short his summer holiday to come home and deal with the unrest, as did Home Secretary Theresa May and London Mayor Boris Johnson. Parliament was recalled, with MPs summoned to discuss the roots of the riots and how to prevent further chaos.

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With tens of thousands of police still guarding the streets, there are many more questions than answers.

How did Britain reach this point? What made hundreds of people smash up their own neighbourhoods? What did police do wrong? Is social inequality to blame? How can we deal with a lack of respect and poor parenting? Can some good come out of this low point for Britain?

Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy will guide a panel of top politicians, police, youth representatives through these burning questions, during Street Riots: The Live Debate on Channel 4 at 7pm on Saturday 13 August.

You can add your voice on Twitter - use the hashtag #RiotsDebate.