The theory of war of socioeconomic classes
What has been happening in Lahore since Tuesday cannot be simply described as seemingly-innocuous Protests, against sacrilegious cartoons, going sour, but they have more factors attached to them then visible.
The violence might be an episode in War of Civilizations but a closer look at the life of the youth in the mob raises doubts about this.
It is safe to say that all of them have email accounts and perhaps Orkut accounts too.Their usage of internet is medium .They have seen all kinds of Hollywood stuff from Titanic to Matrix. They watch Indian movies regularly. And they gate crush all those concerts of Abrarul haq and Indian Bhangra singers.
If they have grudge against western civilization only then why they do watch English movies and do so many things associated with “western ” lifestyle .If they wanted to release the anger against European newspapers, why did they attack ordinary citizen and their vehicles and properties. Clearly ,the anger was not directed against the European newspapers only .The anger was against the government, the system and the frustration in their own lives.
Remember they guy you saw hanging from buses, remember the look on the face of the guy who was standing in the middle of a long, long queue since few hours perhaps and someone having contacts with authorities came and had his job done in a click. Remember the guy with motorcycle who is standing on the street arguing with the police officer about the unjustified Challan. He fought back on Tuesday. By causing maximum damage now feels as having done something significant. The youth is not only reacting against the cartoons but they were fighting to satiate their own accumulated frustration againt the injustice they face in the society. These are the same kids you will see in every protest against People in power and symbols of wealth. Yes, maybe the protest was also about unequal distribution of wealth and power.