In this quaint municipality of 3,000 inhabitants, the chaos started at lunchtime Sunday when a 19-year-old Albanian cut in the food line at the town’s new tent city, prompting a reprimand from a 43-year-old Pakistani. Pushes degenerated into punches. Soon, 300 migrants wielding pepper spray and metal pipes were attacking each other in rival mobs.
A caravan of ambulances and SWAT team vans careened down streets lined with gawking residents. More than 50 police officers struggled for hours to restore order, with three hospitalized with injuries, according to witnesses and local officials.
“You know, when the refugees started coming, I was one of those who saw people needing help and I thought we have to help,” Harry Kloska told The Washington Post.
“But it’s been weeks [since the refugee camp opened], and I have a different opinion now,” he added.
Riots also broke out in Hamburg, Germany at two other refugee camps; one of which involved roughly 100 migrants who were using wooden planks as weapons that took more than a dozen police units to stop.