“Give the streets back to us!” The tragedy of 33-year-old Evrard being kidnapped and murdered by the police recently shocked the UK and left London in a haze. In the past weekend, the group of women who spontaneously prayed for the victims clashed fiercely with the police who came to disperse, and multiple social conflicts were on the verge of breaking out.
Reuters reported on the 15th that on the 13th local time, the area of Clapham Park in southwest London was crowded. More than a thousand people, mainly women, came to mourn the tragic death of the victims. What is remarkable is that the British princess Kate is also in the team. According to the British royal family, Kate “clearly remembers how it felt to walk the night in London before getting married.” Late on the 13th, the organizers of the mourning event were preparing to hold a candlelight vigil, but they were interfered by the London police. Cressida Dick, chief of the London Metropolitan Police Department, said that under the current anti-epidemic policy, large-scale gatherings of people are “neither safe nor legal”.
The stalemate between the two sides quickly turned into a conflict. Many media captured the police forcibly dispersing the crowd, the protesters were pushed to the ground and forcibly dragged away, and at least four protesters were arrested. Since Evlad himself was murdered by the police, this law enforcement action further intensified the conflicts between the police and the public in London. The demonstrators shouted “shameless” and “go back” to the police. Some people mocked and said in person: “Let’s arrest yourself first. People!”
According to the New York Times, in fact, the London police had already received the news before the event and told women to “stay at home” from “house to house” in southern London. In the view of some media, the simple and rude combination of the police has released such negative signals to women across the country: male violence is not easy to manage, but there is a good way to restrict women’s personal freedom.
After the police clashed with the night watch crowd, many parties called on the chief of the police station to resign. On the 14th, more than a hundred protesters shouted “You are shameless” and walked to Parliament Square to protest the latest police-civilian clashes. At the same time, they protested against a bill being discussed by the British Parliament that would give the police more powers to combat protests. The turbulent situation of public dissatisfaction alarmed the high-level government, and Prime Minister Johnson urgently came forward to “extinguish the fire.” In a statement, Johnson “deeply worried” about the conflict between police and civilians, and said that the London Police Department has launched an internal review of the conflict; the British Home Office also asked the police to learn from it and improve security in the future.
According to the “Guardian”, after the Evlad tragedy, the “Street Back” movement emerged on social media, and a nationwide commemorative event was launched in collaboration with London feminist groups. Only on the night of the 13th, related hashtags rushed to the second most popular Twitter search. Under the label, a large number of British women shared their experiences, expressing dissatisfaction with the status quo of social security and criticism of the police. A high praise comment said: “I hope that one day, our daughter will no longer need to hold the key when she walks at night, and can wear headphones to listen to music as she pleases, and she does not have to deliberately walk away to avoid men. However, these have now become us. A certain habit, a certain normality.”
According to the “Global Times” reporter’s life experience in London, even if women travel by bus at night, they must not only ask for their own blessings and hope that there are no drunk or strange people in the car, but choose a position as close to the driver as possible. They often have to face it after getting off the bus. The embarrassment of the “last mile”. Many women in Britain have lingering fears about the problem of “walking at night”. Some people have encountered roadblocking and robbery, and it is commonplace to be followed and harassed by “idiots”. Some interviewees even said that Evlad’s experience “may happen to every woman.”
According to Reuters, Evlad’s death can be said to have opened up the scars of the British society and became a flood outlet for people to criticize the ineffective law and order and the violence against women. Prime Minister Johnson held a high-level meeting on the 15th to convene government officials and police officers to discuss security issues related to women’s personal safety and street safety, and tried to seek from the criminal justice system and “first-hand experience” posted on social media The solution. Johnson stated that Britain must unite through the tragedy of Everard and work together to better protect the rights and interests of British women.