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by Tim Lamden
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The aunt of Mark Duggan told a packed auditorium in Tottenham this week that her nephew’s death last year has left an “ordinary family” feeling “victimised and blamed for the riots”.
Addressing a crowd of more than 150 at West Green Learning Centre on Monday night, Carole Duggan said: “It’s been a year since Mark was assassinated – because that’s what we as a family believe it was. It wasn’t an accident because we have not been told anything, so we have to come to our own conclusion.”
Giving a glimpse of the terrible toll it has taken on her family, Ms Duggan said Mark’s late father Bruno Hall was also “killed” when Mark was shot, but “it took him 11 months to die”.
Mr Hall passed away last month following a battle with cancer.
She added: “We feel we are being victimised and blamed for the riots. We are just an ordinary family that has been thrust into a situation that I would never wish on anyone.”
Ms Duggan described seeing plain-clothes police officers monitoring the mourners at Mr Hall’s funeral in Wood Green from across the road.
She was speaking at the West Green Road venue following a screening of The Riots, a film made of a play based on interviews with those involved in all aspects of last year’s disorder.
Ms Duggan was part of a discussion panel including author Owen Jones, community activist Stafford Scott and Tottenham pastor the Rev Nims Obunge.
Mr Scott, who has been supporting the Duggan family over the past year, told the audience: “The reason we are doing this is because we want everyone to remember Mark Duggan.
“We want everyone to know that we are one year in and we have more questions than we did on August 4. If it was a case of some mindless thug [being killed], why is it we can’t get any answers?”
Discussing the issues behind last summer’s nationwide unrest, Mr Jones pointed to the “lethal combination of growing inequality and consumerism” as one of the key contributing factors.
Every speaker on Monday called on the community to come together to address its challenges.
Mr Obunge said: “I’m from Africa and there we have a saying: ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. We’ve lost that sense of community.”
Concluding the talk, Ms Duggan questioned the role of the police in last year’s rioting in Tottenham, adding: “What’s going to happen to Tottenham police? Because they need to be retrained. It’s not just a community of people that need to be socialised.”