Fight Between Chechen and Afghan Asylum Seekers in Denmark
A local Danish news agency reported that Chechen, Kosovan and Afhgan asylum seekers have fighted with each others at Sandholm migration center 25 km away from Copenhag on April 7.
The fight, involving around 100 of people, reportedly broke out after an incident in a lunch queue at the Sandholm asylum centre which is operated by the Danish Red Cross. The reasons for the fight are unknown though.
One eyewitness told that the brawl started outside the cafeteria, where a dozen men started arguing. An agent from the camp’s police guard tried to separate the two fighting parties, but they only became more agitate and more people came. The brawl moved to outside building 68, where one man (30 years old, an Afghan) was stabbed. He was dead when the Red Cross gave him first aid.
In order to put apart those 100 fighters, local policemen called for enforcements from Copenhag, the capital of Denmark. And police sent large forces to the asylum center. Four ambulances and emergency response doctors also were sent to the camp.
Police spokesman Henrik Suhr confirmed that there was a mass brawl and stabbings at the Sandholm camp. He said they don’t yet have an overview of why it happened, but everything is now completely under control again.
As a result, a man died and other three were injured during the massive fight. Police arrested 12 people (including the murder, 26 years old Kosovan) after the altercation. Some asylum seekers fled the low-security centre.
“We are shocked over what happened at Sandholm today,” Danish Red Cross secretary general Anders Ladekarl said in a statement.
In April 2009, the center for hosting the refugees in the Baden, after a basketball match between Afghans and Chechens was over a massive fight started in which over 200 people took part, but no one was seriously injured.
Some 2,000 asylum seekers are estimated to live in asylum centres around Denmark. Sandholm camp has about 600 asylum seekers, both new and rejected asylum seekers , who are waiting to be deported from Denmark.ome spend several years at such centres, and the long wait in limbo as their applications are investigated is believed to be a factor which contributes to tensions among the inmates.
Some video shoots from police operation at Sandholm camp is available HERE.