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Hundreds of Londoners help clean up destruction

08-10-2011 08:20 BJT Special Report:London Riots |

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The morning after the devastating riots swept across London, hundreds of people actually gathered together to sweep the streets of broken glass and clean vandalized buildings. They said their efforts were an attempt to show the world - and themselves - that their city has more to it than just mindless destruction.

They came to restore their city's good name, armed with brooms and gloves

Local residents in Hackney, east London, began on Tuesday helping to clean up the devastation left by rioters and looters, who trashed their way through the streets and local businesses the previous night.

The volunteer cleanup was spontaneous, loosely organized and enthusiastic.

Participants ranged from students to retirees.

A local shop owner said that he had lost around 50-thousand pounds worth of stock and uninsured equipment that cannot be claimed back.

Neighbors and volunteers help clean up the area of Clapham in the aftermath left by
riots in London Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Britons swept up, patched up and feared
further violence Tuesday, demanding police do more to protect them after three
nights of rioting left trails of looted stores, wrecked cars and burned buildings
across London and several other cities.(AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel)

Locals who saw the violence as it happened, described the scene.

A resident said, "I would say about 20, maybe. I mean it's hard to tell. Yeah, everyone - women, children, picking stuff up off the floor, filling their bags. Just really thoughtless."

Hundreds of volunteers gathered to clean up the south London area of Clapham, over 500 others turned up following an on-line campaign

People who have volunteered to clean up the damaged streets in a show of solidarity
clean the remains of a burnt-out car on a street in Hackney, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9,
2011, following unrest on late Monday. British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled
Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday to deal with the crisis touched off by
three days of rioting in London.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

The turn out was an inspiration for an area beset by violence just hours before.

Local residents say they want to show solidarity for the area in opposition to the rioters.

The Association of British Insurers said the cost of repairing the damage would top tens of millions of pounds.

Clapham residents clean up in St John's road after a night of rioting and looting in
London August 9, 2011. Thousands of policemen prepared to deploy on London's streets
on Tuesday night to head off rioters and looters who have rampaged through parts of
the British capital virtually unchecked for the past three nights. REUTERS/Olivia


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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