British rioters' anger legitimate: French far-left

11th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The "anger" of young people who battled police and looted shops in English cities was "legitimate" and was shared by millions, France's New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) said Thursday.

The riots that rocked Britain this week were "an understandable response from youth in abandoned areas to the 'austerity' measures" taken by the government, the far-left fringe party said in a statement.

"The real thugs are those who cut public services, the thieves are those who continue to pocket mind-boggling profits in a time of crisis, the delinquents are those who continue to lay off workers," it said.

Britain is still reeling after four of the worst nights of rioting for decades, which started in London then spread to other English cities including Manchester and Birmingham.

© 2011 AFP

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