Tunisia had its Jasmine Uprising; the Guardian is crowing that the Metropolitan Police were behind the times in not knowing that London was undergoing the Blackberry Uprising.
Unlike the ‘down wiv’ da yoof’ Guardian journalists.
In order to report more effectively the disturbances around London, I have been sourcing Blackberry Messenger broadcasts, which have been useful in providing real-time updates and predictions about future incidents.
Scotland Yard warned on Monday afternoon that those “inciting violence” on Twitter would not go unpunished. Deputy assistant commissioner Stephen Kavanagh confirmed that officers were looking at the website as part of investigations into widespread looting and rioting…
However, da wiv’it Guardian journalists crow that the Met are behind the times:
The most powerful and up-to-the-minute rallying appears to have taken place on a more covert social network: BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).
Did they hand over the BBM broadcast sent on Sunday, shown to the Guardian by ‘multiple sources’, which called on “everyone from all sides of London” to vandalise shops on Oxford street?
“Everyone from all sides of London meet up at the heart of London (central) OXFORD CIRCUS!!, Bare SHOPS are gonna get smashed up so come get some (free stuff!!!) fuck the feds we will send them back with OUR riot! >:O Dead the ends and colour war for now so if you see a brother… SALUT! if you see a fed… SHOOT!”
Everyone in edmonton enfield woodgreen everywhere in north link up at enfield town station 4 o clock sharp!!!! Start leaving ur yards n linking up with you niggas. Guck da feds, bring your ballys and your bags trollys, cars vans, hammers the lot!! Keep sending this around to bare man, make sure no snitch boys get dis!!! What ever ends your from put your ballys on link up and cause havic, just rob everything. Police can’t stop it. Dead the fires though!! Rebroadcast!!!!!”
Jenny Jones, the former deputy mayor of London, blamed an under-resourced force for missing the tweets and the status updates. “It’s quite possible if they had more resources they could have picked up on this,” she said.
If the superbly resourced Guardian, with its own BBM account:
We’re grateful for any BBM messages you can send us. You can message me in confidence. My BBM name is ‘Paul’. My PIN number is 22416EC1.
Had access to those messages, then we should assume that responsible journalists would have handed them over to the Police within seconds? Surely?
Blackberry have now promised to ‘co-operate’ with the Metropolitan Police in tracing the origin of these messages, sent between the disaffected and impoverished youth of London – who can all apparently afford, or at least loot, a Blackberry.
When the Indian authorities were faced with multiple terrorist attacks where the authorities suspected that the BBM service was being used to pass messages hidden from prying eyes, Blackberry certainly did co-operate and hand over data rather than face a nation wide blackout. Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates were all threatening to silence the Blackberry network if they didn’t receive co-operation from the company.
It will be ironic if those Blackberry’s they were so keen to ‘liberate’ from T-Mobile in Tottenham ultimately lead the Police right to the front door of those organising this mass trolley dash round the shopping hot spots of London.
UPDATED: David Lammy MP is calling for Blackberry to shut down the network to stop communication – it’ll be a curfew next.