LONDON – “It was a response” to the riots and “a response is underway,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday in London with ensuring that the authorities would not allow the “culture of fear” to settle in the streets of the UK. The police will make use of water cannons if necessary he added.
All measures “necessary to restore law and order in our streets” will be taken, said the head of government before the door of 10 Downing Street.
On Wednesday thousands of police called in reinforcements were mobilized in the streets of London, where an uneasy calm prevailed after three nights of rioting. But several cities, including Manchester and Birmingham, were the scene of vandalism, arson and looting in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday.
“It is all too clear that we have a big problem with gangs in our country (…) It is clear that they are in no way representative of the vast majority of young people who despise our country frankly, like most of us, “said David Cameron.
He denounced a “complete lack of responsibility in some parts of society, with people who think the world owes them something, that their rights outweigh their duties and that their actions have no consequences. Well, they have, “he said. The Prime Minister, who cut short his vacation in Italy, recalled Parliament for an extraordinary meeting Thursday.
According to David Cameron, the police made 750 arrests in London since the violence began on Saturday. There were some 160 arrests in Birmingham and over a hundred in the Manchester area, he said.