The Urbanist

Urban unrest

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21 January 2021

Episode 484

30 minutes


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Taking to the streets is a powerful tool for citizens to hold their governments accountable. But what happens when things go wrong? This week we examine urban violence on different levels.

21 January 2021

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Chapter 1

Capitol attack

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On 6 January, thousands of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington. It was a major security failure. We hear from security analyst Paul Joyal on how a city can prepare for such events.

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

Urban violence

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We’re joined by Paula Meth from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Sheffield University. Her work specialises in the Global South and the intersection between housing, gender and urban violence.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Hong Kong

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From the umbrella movement in 2014 to protests against the extradition bill and more recently against a new security law, this is a place where citizens take to the streets.

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