Personally I was quite disappointed to read about the violence that broke out at Cupmatch. Of all the social events in our community calendar, one would have hoped that Cupmatch would be regarded as to sacred to disrupt by such folly.
Personally, I have no idea what kicked off this bit of fighting. It seems as if it started in the bar and then spilled out into the public areas. Reading that it seems likely that some fools got a bit too hot on rum and beer and this contributed to what may have been some words into a full out brawl.
Stupidness. Lets be clear, on all accounts this Cupmatch was shaping up to be one of the best ever, which makes this brawl all the more something to condemn.
I do not pretend to have the answers for how to deal with these social problems that this brawl illustrates. I do know that there are a number of community initiatives that are and could be done to provide alternatives and to intervene before the situation gets out of hand like it did on Friday. There is certainly more that can be done in these areas, and dealing with the related issues of drug and alcohol abuse.
I wonder if it is time that the community started to intervene more directly when these things break out. And by that I mean people shake off the idea that the fight is someone else’s business and its best to just get out of the way. Maybe a bunch of spectators joining up and disarming these perps is too idealistic, but the way I see it this violence isn’t someone else’s business. Its ours, all of ours. These byes aren’t some fools from overseas coming to our events and getting smashed and stupid. These are our people. And their violence is as much a violence against our community as it is against themselves. We may loose and get hurt by intervening, but we loose and get hurt by not intervening.
Of course I’m not calling for people to walk into the line of fire and get shot or stabbed. But there is certainly a lot that we can do when these situations break out than merely standing by haplessly.
And as much as I am all about rehabilitation over punishment, and innocent until proven guilty, I really do get irate when I see these fools in the paper acting as if they are sudden celebs. Its almost enough to get me looking for some rotten fruit to throw at them. Surely that would be a more appropriate message for the photos?
As I said, I don’t pretend to have the answers. I do feel that draconian punishment and Taliban like Christian fundamentalism is not the answer though, and that we should focus more on building community and dealing with the social problems. But thats just me.
Anyone got some ideas?