London riots: Cameron hails Sikhs for protecting gurdwara

Last Updated: Thu, Aug 11, 2011 13:24 hrs

London: Prime Minister David Cameron today lauded the efforts of the hundreds of Sikhs and other people of Indian origin who gathered outside the Guru Singh Sabha gurdwara over the last 48 hours to protect it from rioting mobs on the streets of London.

Cameron made a special mention of the efforts in his statement during the special session of the House of Commons, as he highlighted how Britons in many places had come forward to protect and clean up their neighbourhoods.

"(In) the past few days we have seen a range of emotions sweep this country: anger, fear, frustration, despair, sadness, and finally a determined resolve that we will not let a violent few beat us," said Cameron.

He added: "We saw it in the hundreds of people who stood guard outside Southall Temple, protecting it from vandalism".

Answering a question from Labour MP from Ealing Southall Virendra Sharma, Cameron said the "whole country admired" the way the group rallied together to protect the gurdwara, and he said had "huge admiration" for people who protect homes and businesses in such times.

He said: "I would like to pay tributes to the people of South Ealing for what they have achieved", he said.

Over 700 people holding swords, kirpans and hockey sticks had come together to protect the largest gurdwara in London when threatened by riots, chanting 'Jo bole so nihal, sat sri akal'.

Hooded youths were seen in the areas, but had been frightened off by the large presence outside the gurdwara.

Ealing Southall in west London has a large population of Indian origin people.