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Thursday, August 11, 2011

U.K. RIOTS: We will not let a violent few beat us - David Cameron!

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AP / The Hindu / LONDON, August 11, 2011.

This videograb shows Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron making a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday.
This videograb shows Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron making a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday - AP.

British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Thursday there would be no “culture of fear” on Britain’s streets, as police raided houses to round up more suspects from four days of rioting and looting in London and other English cities.

Mr. Cameron told MPs that the government was “acting decisively” to restore order after riots, which shocked the country — and the world.

“We will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets,” Mr. Cameron said. “We will not let a violent few beat us.”

Members of Parliament were summoned back from their summer vacations for an emergency session on the riots as government and police worked to regain control, both on the streets and in the court of public opinion. Calm prevailed in London overnight, with a highly visible police presence watching over the capital.

Mr. Cameron promised tough measures to stop further violence and said “nothing should be off the table,” including water cannons and plastic bullets.

He said riot-hit businesses would receive help to get back on their feet, and promised to look to the United States for help in fighting the street gangs he blamed for helping spark Britain’s riots.

Mr. Cameron told legislators that he would look to cities like Boston for inspiration. He also mentioned former Los Angeles and New York Police Chief Bill Bratton as a person who could help offer advice.

The government, police and intelligence services were looking at whether there should be limits on the use social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to spread disorder, he said.

Meanwhile the number of people arrested in London rose to 922 since trouble began on Saturday, with 401 suspects charged.

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