Will not allow culture of fear on our streets: Cameron
As mob fury spread and raged unabated in parts of England, after calm returned to London, PM David Cameron today announced that a "fightback is underway" and warned rioters of strict action.world Updated: Aug 10, 2011 18:37 IST
As mob fury spread and raged unabated in parts of England, after calm returned to capital London, Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday announced that a "fightback is underway" and warned rioters they would have no leeway.
"The continued violence is unacceptable," Cameron announced after chairing British government's emergency COBRA committee, which took stock of three days of raging violence the worst ever in the country.
"It will be stopped," the British prime minister said as he ridiculed the rioters as "sick" saying that the culture of fear on the our streets will not be allowed.
The police and the law enforcement agencies would not be short of resources and would have the full backing of the state behind them, Cameron said, announcing that a "fightback is underway."
The authorities, he said, would have no hesitation in "naming and shaming" the culprits and rejected that concerns over human rights might hold back law enforcement agencies from publication of photographs of those indulging in hooliganism and violence.
He said his government was determined to bring the full force of law on perpetrators of violence and courts were working overnight for speedy disposal of cases.
In a hard-hitting statement released after the meeting, Cameron said, "There are parts of our society that 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."
First Published: Aug 10, 2011 17:15 IST