The rioting in England has moved from London to the cities of Manchester, Liverpool, and Birmingham. And if the violence started out as a localized and ethnically defined expression of rage over the police shooting of a black man, it has since become a hooligan’s free-for-all.
England has become a bonfire for every left-wing gripe and excuse you can name. There’s the claim of racial injustice, of course, but there’s also the call to class warfare. Young British looters explained to the BBC that they’ve been “showing the rich we do what we want.” There is the demand for the continuation of the unbridled welfare state. In the Guardian, Nina Power describes the riots as a response to “brutal cuts” in government spending. And anarchists have joined the fray. One self-proclaimed British anarchist told the Associated Press, “This is the uprising of the working class. We’re redistributing the wealth.”
Reclaiming the streets:Sikhs defend their temple and locals protect their pubs as ordinary Britons defy the rioters
Some armed with swords, some carrying hockey sticks, defiant Sikhs stood guard outside their temples last night. More then 700 men, some in their 80s, took to the streets to protect the homes, businesses and places of worship in Southall, West London.
The residents rallied together in a show of unity against looters echoed in other parts of the country as ordinary Britons attempted to reclaim the streets.
Pictures of the crowds emerged as the Met Police today urged the public against forming groups intent on vigilante justice. Many of those who gathered in the late night public patrols had
Shop a Moron Name and Shame a Rioter
These are just some of the 2,000 suspects being hunted today over Britain's riot mayhem.
Sun readers are urged to name and shame any morons they saw looting or committing arson and wrecking property. Commander Simon Foy warned rioters that the Met's Operation Withern would track them down.
He said: "Those who have or intend to go out and commit violent, criminal acts should be warned. We will use photographs and evidence to identify you and bring you to justice. We will not tolerate the violence we have seen." Officers in London, Birmingham and Bristol released pictures--and many more images are