Louis Theroux: Law And Disorder In Lagos

Louis Theroux: Law And Disorder In Lagos

ABC2  |  December 17, 2012
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Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Louis Theroux explores a city changing so rapidly that formal structures of law and order can't really keep pace with its population. In this film, Louis spends time with local youths (who call themselves Area Boys) who patrol the streets of Lagos, charging or extorting money from drivers and local businesses, and with KAI (Kick Against Indiscipline), a paramilitary state government group that routinely storms different districts of the city, bulldozing whole precincts and arresting hundreds if they can detect any violation of the state's environmental laws. At the apex of Area Boy life is MC, a former street youth who has become a friend of the most powerful men in the city. He is rich and powerful. He has guns, drives flash cars, lives in an enormous house with his own private mosque, and boasts a collection of European shoes that competes with that of Imelda Marcos. He is at the head of an organisation of street youths who bring him thousands of Naira generated from the seemingly random taxes they impose on the streets. As well as MC, Louis spends time with Area Boys lower down the hierarchy - including a local woman leader called Tawa and the gangs of youths who patrol the streets imposing their own version of order. With KAI, Louis joins a demolition team as it smashes through a row of shops that have been judged illegal. He talks to KAI officers as they marshal their assault as well as local businessmen who can only watch as their businesses are crushed before their eyes. Louis wrestles with life in a world that seems at times utterly lawless and corrupt, and other times strangely orderly and formal.

Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Louis Theroux explores a city changing so rapidly that formal structures of law and order can't really keep pace with its population. In this film, Louis spends time with local youths (who call themselves Area Boys) who patrol the streets of Lagos, charging or extorting money from drivers and local businesses, and with KAI (Kick Against Indiscipline), a paramilitary state government group that routinely storms different districts of the city, bulldozing whole precincts and arresting hundreds if they can detect any violation of the state's environmental laws. At the apex of Area Boy life is MC, a former street youth who has become a friend of the most powerful men in the city. He is rich and powerful. He has guns, drives flash cars, lives in an enormous house with his own private mosque, and boasts a collection of European shoes that competes with that of Imelda Marcos. He is at the head of an organisation of street youths who bring him thousands of Naira generated from the seemingly random taxes they impose on the streets. As well as MC, Louis spends time with Area Boys lower down the hierarchy - including a local woman leader called Tawa and the gangs of youths who patrol the streets imposing their own version of order. With KAI, Louis joins a demolition team as it smashes through a row of shops that have been judged illegal. He talks to KAI officers as they marshal their assault as well as local businessmen who can only watch as their businesses are crushed before their eyes. Louis wrestles with life in a world that seems at times utterly lawless and corrupt, and other times strangely orderly and formal.

Hitler and the key officers of the Nazi High Command were all members of three main secret societies which had a strong belief in the occult; the Vril Society, the Thule society and the Ahnenerbe. The Vril Society was based on a novel written in 1871 by Edward Bulwer-Lytton called The Power of the Coming Race which talks of a superior subterranean master race and the energy-form called "Vril" which powers UFO's from hidden bases beneath the arctic ice. It sounds crazy but Hitler, Himmler and other leading Nazis took it very seriously. The Thule Society was named after a mythical northern country from Greek legend which was the origins of the "Aryan Race", also thought to have been the mythical Atlantis. It had about 2000 members, insisting on intense loyalty and secrecy, as well pure white blood, "untainted" by any other race, or colour. This belief in the Aryan race and its connection to Atlantis led to the foundation of the Ahnenerbe by Heinrich Himmler to research the archaeological and racial heritage of the Aryan race. It conducted experiments and launched expeditions in an attempt to find the lost city of Atlantis, and prove that mythological Aryan populations had once ruled the world. Although the Vril and Thule societies, as well as the Ahnenerbe were officially disbanded at the end of World War ll, there are reports that they continued for many decades afterwards through surviving Nazi officers in Europe, America and South America. Today, it's believed that several Neo-Nazi groups made up of descendants of former German soldiers, politicians and new, younger recruits, keep the flame alive, with regular meetings, and the same beliefs.

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Hitler and the key officers of the Nazi High Command were all members of three main secret societies which had a strong belief in the occult; the Vril Society, the Thule society and the Ahnenerbe. The Vril Society was based on a novel written in 1871 by Edward Bulwer-Lytton called The Power of the Coming Race which talks of a superior subterranean master race and the energy-form called "Vril" which powers UFO's from hidden bases beneath the arctic ice. It sounds crazy but Hitler, Himmler and other leading Nazis took it very seriously. The Thule Society was named after a mythical northern country from Greek legend which was the origins of the "Aryan Race", also thought to have been the mythical Atlantis. It had about 2000 members, insisting on intense loyalty and secrecy, as well pure white blood, "untainted" by any other race, or colour. This belief in the Aryan race and its connection to Atlantis led to the foundation of the Ahnenerbe by Heinrich Himmler to research the archaeological and racial heritage of the Aryan race. It conducted experiments and launched expeditions in an attempt to find the lost city of Atlantis, and prove that mythological Aryan populations had once ruled the world. Although the Vril and Thule societies, as well as the Ahnenerbe were officially disbanded at the end of World War ll, there are reports that they continued for many decades afterwards through surviving Nazi officers in Europe, America and South America. Today, it's believed that several Neo-Nazi groups made up of descendants of former German soldiers, politicians and new, younger recruits, keep the flame alive, with regular meetings, and the same beliefs.
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