Hundreds of Refugees Brawl at Berlin Refugee Center
Hundreds of refugees fought in a mass brawl at a Berlin shelter on Sunday.
** According to the United Nations 72% of migrants flooding into Europe this year are men.
One hundred police officers were called in to restore order at the shelter.
Hundreds of refugees fought each other on Sunday in a mass brawl at a Berlin shelter and more than 100 police were called in to restore order, in an episode underlining the challenges Germany faces in handling hundreds of thousands of migrants.
Although violent incidents in such centres are frequent, the chaos in the shelter at Berlin’s disused Tempelhof airport, which erupted as lunch was being served, was worse than normal.
“There were apparently many hundreds of people involved,” a spokesman for the police told Reuters TV. Police made an unspecified number of arrests.
Michael Elias, who is in charge of the shelter, said that 830 people were housed at the facility and that between 20 and 30 started the disruption.
“It’s the simple fact that there are a lot of young men travelling alone here. We withdrew … because the situation simply exploded. It was a complete blow-out