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Création et popularité d'un groupe de soutien aux braves commerçants turcs de Londres sur Facebook

A call for support for Turkish shopkeepers in London
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Friday, August 12, 2011
LONDON – From wire dispatches

A new group has been created on Facebook to support Turkish shopkeepers in London who helped protect the neighborhoods during the riots this past week, as the number of people arrested by the London police has reached to 1,051 as of Friday.

The Facebook page, titled “Thank Turk, it’s Saturday,” created by Nick Horne and Mat Akyıldız, said: “Grab a paper from a corner shop, go to a local cafe, get your hair done at a Turkish barber shop, go shopping at Turkish supermarkets and eat Pide and Kebap at restaurants. Come on Dalston, it’s time to pay your debt!” As of Friday afternoon, more than 5,600 people said they would join the event on Saturday.
The Turkish shopkeepers who guarded their shops in districts such as Tottenham and Hackney with sticks in their hands reportedly criticized the lack of police action.

The Metropolitan Police say they have arrested 1,051 people in connection with the violence and looting around London and 591 people have been charged. West Midlands police have made 467 arrests with around 100 charged. The courts have been working through the night to process the cases, and several people have already been convicted and sent to jail.

Also, London police took other measures such as broadcasting the faces of rioters on the streets. A van carrying a six-square-meter display broadcasting more than 50 CCTV images will travel around Birmingham for the next two days, stopping at key central locations to allow residents to get a good look at the suspects’ faces. “This is the first time a van of this type has been used to display multiple images of people wanted by the police,” said Acting Detective Inspector Mark Rushton as he launched the scheme on Thursday.

Man who confronted looters dies

Britain’s riots claimed a fifth life Friday with the death of a man who confronted looters during the worst unrest in decades, as a row erupted between police and politicians over the disturbances.

A huge police presence and heavy rain prevented fresh violence Thursday, but the death of a 68-year-old man attacked by a mob at the height of the violence in London led to police launching a murder investigation. Richard Mannington Bowes was set upon Monday in the affluent London suburb of Ealing, which experienced some of the worst violence during the four nights of rioting, as he attempted to stamp out a fire started by a gang of youths.

He died in hospital late Thursday, the fifth fatality after the deaths of three men in Birmingham who were run over as they defended local businesses, and the fatal shooting of a man in Croydon, south London. Police arrested a 22-year-old man over the murder on Friday.
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