Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Unite And Fight Part 194

The other day I posted about the mysterious gang fight between two gangs of no appearance, in which an unknown man was killed, as well about the hideous attack on asylum seekers by a gang of far right ... asylum seekers.

The victim of the gang fight was Rashid Elahi, of Bradford. A number of people have been arrested in West London.

And a lot more on the asylum camp battle, which appears to be have been sparked by a noisy two-year-old :

Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend that the violence apparently stemmed from a fight on Wednesday between Kurdish and Chechen women living at the center. Two Chechen women reportedly were annoyed that a fellow Kurdish asylum seeker allowed her two-year-old child to run around the center with shoes that made noise.

The Chechen women complained that their own children were being kept awake, and a fight broke out between the Chechens and the Kurds. Another refugee from central Africa attempted to break them up, but then one of the Chechen women called her brothers who lived in Oslo. They headed for the center.

Meawhile, some Kurdish men confronted and beat one of the Chechen women. That inflamed the other Chechens, and on Thursday night several arrived at the center, broke in and attacked any Kurdish refugees they could find, both men, women and children. It took around an hour before police arrived, "much too long," according to one resident from Liberia.

Tensions have long been high at the center, which houses many residents due to be deported because their asylum applications have been rejected. Frustrations can run high, and the center at VĂ¥ler is relatively large, housing up to 250 persons from all over the world.

Many have come arrived directly from wars in their homelands, they have different religious backgrounds, living conditions are crowded and stress levels high.

The combination of many people with little to do, few staff members, crowded conditions and fresh memories of violence back home can lead to more violence at the asylum center, warns Berit Berg, a researcher affiliated with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitetet, NTNU).

Other refugees from Chechnya who earlier won asylum in Norway worry that the violence last week can spark new prejudice and hurt their reputation. "There's no reason why Chechens and Kurds should be fighting," said Mouslim Kourakaev of a Chechen youth group in Oslo.

Other Chechens said they don't condone the violence, but understand it. "In our culture it's completely unacceptable for anyone to touch a woman they don't know," said Ibja-Shapi Shaihi, who joined around 50 other Chechens in an Oslo park on Sunday. He blamed the Kurds for setting off the brawl.