and be looted. And get this:
04.12 An account here from the Hackney Citizen blog of how members of the Turkish community, which owns dozens of shops and restaurants in Stoke Newington and Dalston Junction defended their area from masked gangs without police help.
I can't get this blog to come up, I think their lines are kind of busy right now. Two things:
From what I've heard, getting into a fight with a bunch of Turks protecting their property generally isn't the brightest thing to do;
Second, I wonder if the police and Crown Prosecutors will screw with them the way they do with most other subjects of the Crown who take action like this?
We'll see. As Insty says, a bunch of shopkeepers with rifles, shotguns and pistols would probably have done wonders to stop some of this, but the Brits have decided the peasants not only can't be trusted with arms, but can't be trusted to defend themselves, at least not effectively; over the last few years there've been a lot of stories of citizens on the street and in their homes using 'too much force' to defend themselves and family, and the Crown putting them in jail for it.