For anyone out there who still thinks the London riots are caused by ‘immigrants’, consider this: in Dalston tonight, violence flared but was quickly extinguished thanks to the efforts of a group of Turkish shopkeepers who stood guard outside their businesses.
Shopkeepers have told The Guardian how they chased youths away after their shops came under attack. And it sounds like they were more effective than the police, who have apparently been largely absent from Dalston this evening, with events elsewhere in London drawing their attention.
Efforts to turn the London riots into a racial event have largely failed. The rioters are from all ethnic groups and are motivated not by ethnic divisions but by a variety of other factors: anger; social exclusion; desperation; sadism; boredom; and stupidity. As the Turkish shopkeepers of Dalston demonstrate, in many cases it’s immigrant communities who are most protective of their communities.