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    Two Brits Get Four Years for Riots

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A rioter throws a rock at riot police in Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting continues to take place in various boroughs of London this evening, as well as in Birmingham, prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night. It has been announced that the Prime Minister David Cameron and his family are due to return home from their summer holiday in Tuscany, Italy to respond to the rioting. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

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    Two young British men have been sentenced to four years in prison each for posting messages on Facebook inciting people to riot—even though no riots ended up taking place. The sentences for Jordan Blackshaw and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan are sparking criticism from Liberal Democrats. "This should be about restorative justice…it should not be about retribution," the party’s home-affairs spokesman said. However, the Liberal Democrats’ leader, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, also promised a “riot payback scheme,” where rioters will wear orange jumpsuits and be required to clean up the areas they damaged. Clegg also announced an “independent communities and victims panel” to examine the causes of the riots.

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