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UK rioters to clean up their mess

world Updated: Aug 17, 2011 01:13 IST

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Convicted rioters who went on the rampage in Britain will be set to work clearing up communities they devastated, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said on Tuesday.

“In every single one of the communities affected there will be community payback schemes, riot payback schemes,” Clegg told reporters in London.

Rioters would be compelled to wear orange clothing so they are clearly visible “making up the damage done, repairing and improving the neighbourhoods affected,” he said.

The Liberal Democrat leader said people who took part in the four nights of violence might also be forced to face victims so they can see the human cost of their actions.

“I want them to face people like the woman I met on Monday last week in Tottenham, who said to me that she was still wearing the clothes... she was wearing when she ran out of her flat before her own flat was burned down,” said Clegg.

Violence first erupted in Tottenham, north London, on August 6 before spreading across England for four nights in the worst riots for decades.

He also announced an independent panel to hear from victims of the violence.

Iran gets its riot pictures wrong

Iranian media affiliated to the Islamic regime have been accused of using library images from different times and locations in Britain and other parts of the world to portray the UK riots as “the uprising of the oppressed against the British monarchy”.

Soon after the rioting broke out, the Iranian regime seized on the unrest to get back at the British government by condemning what it described as “the violent suppression of the political opposition and the oppressed”.

But in recent days Iran’s online community and blogosphere have shown that pictures published in the regime’s news agencies and newspapers were taken at different times and places.