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British PM strongly condemns rioters as "sick", promises fightback

08-10-2011 21:38 BJT Special Report:London Riots |

LONDON, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday launched a strong verbal attack on rioters after a fourth night of rioting in the country.

Cameron promised he would not "allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets" after the rioters spread the arson, looting and violence to English cities in the north and midlands.

Cameron, speaking in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the emergency planning Cobra Committee for the second day running, strongly attacked the rioters, saying "Some parts of society are not just broken, but frankly sick. When we see children of 12 or 13 looting it's clear there are things that are badly wrong in our society."

He said "There is a complete lack of responsibility in some parts of our society. People are allowed to feel the world owes them something and that their actions don't have consequences."

Cameron outlined a broader range of options for police, indicating legal support for "every action necessary to bring order to our streets."

He said "Cobra agreed whatever resources they need they will get. Whatever tactics police feel need to employ they will have legal backing."

He added, "We needed a fightback and a fightback is under way. We have seen the worst of Britain but also the best of Britain with millions of people who have signed up on Facebook to support the police and the people who volunteered for clean ups."

Cameron promised that looters, arsonists, and rioters would be hunted by police and brought to justice. "We will not let any phoney concerns about human rights get in the way of the publication of pictures of suspects and the apprehension of these individuals."

Earlier, acting Metropolitan Police commissioner Tim Godwin told waiting reporters as he left the Cobra Committee meeting that the unprecedented number of 16,000 police officers, some from other police forces across England and Wales, would remain on the streets of London as long as was needed.

Godwin said "I am going to keep it exactly as it was last night. I'm going to keep that going as long as I deem it necessary. As I said yesterday, it was an unprecedented set of circumstances that we hadn't experienced in terms of the breadth and scale of what the officers were having to face on the Monday night."

He said police from 30 forces across the country had been involved and added that ordinary people supported the police action, "There has been lots of community support and lots of communities standing up and saying this is just outrageous. And as a result of that, working together with the communities, London will restore its reputation quite quickly."

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Xinhua

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