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‘Nothing To See Here’: French Police Arrest Nobody As Chechen And Arab Gangs Clash In Dijon

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'Nothing To See Here': French Police Arrest Nobody As Chechen And Arab Gangs Clash In Dijon

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On June 15th, clashes between Chechen and Arab gangs in the French city of Dijon continued, with police stepping in on the 4th day of the violence.

On June 14th, a car tried to ram a gang of approximately 100 Chechens armed with pipes, knives and other weapons. It failed and then flipped over.

After being outnumbered for a few days, and being chased around and beaten by Chechens, the Arab gangs brought in assault rifles and are now posting videos and photos on Twitter, calling for the Chechens to leave town.

A video showed Arab gang members appear with AK-47’s as well as with a stolen city bus.

The French government sent police reinforcements and a top official to the eastern city of Dijon on June 16th, when the situation has already largely spiraled out of control.

“The events of the last few days in the Gresilles district of Dijon, where there had been gatherings of youths which had led to vehicles and dustbins set on fire, only leads to more insecurity and worries for the local population, following on from the events of the weekend,” the local police force said in a statement late on June 15th.

37 anti-riot police were deployed to the city in Eastern France on June 14th and an additional 110 were sent in on June 15th.

How the anti-riot police will cope against groups of people with assault rifles is yet to be seen.

Local prefect Bernard Schmeltz said in a statement that the violence “appeared to be part of a settling of scores between members of the Chechen community in France and residents” of Dijon.

The unrest was traced back to an attack on a 16-year-old member of the local Chechen diaspora community on June 10th. French media reported that he was attacked by local drug dealers. Police said that members of the ‘community’ then carried out raids in retaliation for the assault. Accoording to reports in social media, the real ‘issue’ behind the attack on the 16yo person was the drug dealing conflict. Chechen gangs in France are known for being involved in this kind of ‘business’

To prove the “effective work” of the anti-riot police, Dijon prosecutor Eric Mathais said six people have been injured over the three days of unrest, but that no arrests had been made.

Initially, the Chechens were dominating the streets, but with reinforcements of people and weapons, the Arab gangs have now grown confident and are running around destroying security cameras and appear to be on the hunt for the Chechen gangs.

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