London riots spread to Vietnamese community

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London riots spread to Vietnamese community

VietNamNet Bridge – A jewelry shop owned by a Vietnamese in Hackney Borough in London was attacked on the third day of disorder and violence following riots in the Tottenham area.

The Vietnamese-owned jewelry shop NGO Diamonds in London has been attacked by rioters. (Photo: Breakingnews.com)

The shop, NGO Diamonds, is located on Mare Street where Vietnamese shops in London are concentrated. Earlier, the police and the rioters clashed at the end of Mare Street.

Thuy, an employee of London Starnight Video Supermarket which sells food and videos to the Vietnamese community, said the shops in this area had been warned to close early. Some shops however are still open as usual.

Violence broke out in Tottenham on August 6 following a peaceful demonstration to protest the police’s shooting of a man one week earlier and have spread to other areas throughout London as well as to Birmingham, England’s second biggest city.

Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his holiday to fly home to tackle the violence, which appeared to be led by mobs of young people who coordinated their attacks through mobile phones, and spread to the Midlands city of Birmingham, the northwestern city of Liverpool and Bristol late on Monday.

Many of the looters came from areas of high unemployment that are also suffering from cuts in social services and said they felt alienated from society. Police and politicians said they were simply criminals.

VietNamNet/Tuoi Tre

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