An intramural migrant brawl broke out yesterday between Muslims and Yezidis in the German city of Bielefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia. The fight was instigated by Muslim “refugees” — specifically Chechens — who did serious harm to some of their victims. The Yezidis in the surrounding area were numerous enough to gather together and fight back, taking revenge on behalf of their ethnic fellows with knives and clubs.
Many thanks to Egri Nök for translating this article from Neue Westfälische:
Mass brawl near Oldentruper Hof
Chechen and Yezidi refugees clash at refugee shelter near Bielefeld. Five injured. 100 Yezidis try to storm former hotel.
Bielefeld-Oldentrup. It seems, a religious war between Muslims and Yezidis escalated near the refugee shelter Oldentruper Hof.
The trigger was a mass brawl that took place around 6 pm on Potsdamer Street 500m from the Oldentruper Hof. It seems a group of 15 Chechens waited for a group of Yezidis and unexpectedly attacked them. Everyone involved in the brawl lives in the refugee home. The Chechens used clubs and knives and gravely wounded some of the victims.
Then later in the evening, according to police, about 100 Yezidis tried to storm the former hotel. But security and police were able to prevent this.
A 37-year-old woman driving by was alert and when she saw the fight she called an ambulance and police. As she saw the attackers flee, she got out of her car and provided first aid.
As the situation was so chaotic, the fire brigade released a MANV-I-Alarm. The so-called “mass casualty incident” prompts an extensive rescue service when a greater number of injured is expected. So five ambulances and two emergency doctors rushed to the site in short order.
Five men had to be transported to the hospital. They suffered from concussion, cranio-facial fractures, hand fractures and stabbing wounds below the armpit.
Shortly after the alarm, police encountered about 80 people in front of the home. The situation was “very chaotic,” according to the police. The Chechen group had already veered off into a nearby forest.
After about an hour the police were able to determine who was involved, who was a witness, and who an onlooker. The exact cause of the fight was still unclear on Sunday morning; criminal police and state protection are still investigating.
During the police investigations and the search for the perpetrators, the situation in front of the Oldentruper Hof became increasingly explosive. Upset by the attack on their fellow countrymen, all Yezidi left the home and planted themselves in the street. The police called for backup from Detmold, Herford and Gütersloh. Even the Autobahn patrol were mobilized.
About one hundred more Yezidi Kurds who had been alerted over the internet arrived from the surrounding region, even from Oldenburg. Neighbors witnessed that they were partially armed with clubs and knives. Word spread that everyone wanted to storm the home to exact revenge for the victims of the mass brawl.
With the help of translators, the police managed to drive the Yezidis back behind roadblocks.
According to the police there are initial clues indicating that there have been difficulties between Yezidi and Chechen families for days. Over the course of the night, a 24-year-old and a 42-year-old Chechen were arrested.
Meanwhile, around 11pm, several vehicles of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief had arrived and lit the area in front of the refugee home as bright as day. Now one was able to see the countless frightened, upset and baffled people of Yezidi belief in the roadside ditch, at the side of the road, leaning on railings. Mothers tried to calm their crying kids, an indescribable sight. Not a single person could be persuaded to move back into the Oldentruper Hof.
Not even the promise to relocate two Chechen families — who apparently have been aggressive towards the Yezidis for quite some time — into a different shelter could change their minds. The Yezidis had heard from translators that in the meantime, also the Muslim Syrians who lived in the home planned to stand against them. Only in the early morning hours did the situation calm down.
To achieve a geographical separation of the groups, the local government of Detmold, who are the authority in charge of this shelter, managed overnight to move all Yezidi and Chechen families into different cities in Ostwestfalen.
The Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund provided busses that brought all Yezidi families who were camping outside to a refugee shelter in Herford. The Chechen families were taken to Bad Driburg and Detmold.
After that, the atmosphere calmed down in the Oldentruper Hof. The exact cause of the mass brawl is not clear at this moment; the investigation by the criminal police and State Security is ongoing. But according to NW’s information, allegedly it is the religious conflict between Muslims and Yezidis that is now being fought out on the territory of Bielefeld.