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UK riots: Operation Cup of Tea helps British anti-rioters fight back

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We're not all looters and thugs, insist English anti-rioters who are fighting the damage caused by the riot by staying at home and enjoying a nice cup of tea. 

Sam Pepper, a 22-year-old Brit who appeared on the popular show Big Brother last year, began "Operation Cup of Tea" on his Facebook page on Tuesday to show a photograph of himself drinking tea, and asked others to join him.

Within hours, over 10,000 people joined the group, posting photographs of themselves taking part in the quintissential English pastime (tea, that is, not rioting). 

The group now has over 300,000 members, thanks to media reports both from within England and around the world. Now, the celebrity has started up an official "Operation Cup of Tea" website selling merchandise such as tea and mugs. 100 per cent of the proceeds are expected to be donated to business owners and individuals whose property was damaged during the riots. 

Traditionally soothing and relaxing, drinking tea appears to be the perfect antidote to the chaos caused during the recent upheaval. 

Or is it...

Read more stories about the London riots:

When the riots reach your doorstep 

e-petition for stripping rioters of benefits gets 100,000 signatures

London riots caused by "futureless youth" in UK?

Social media sparks cleanup and rioter identification

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