Ali Dashti forwards some disturbing material from the Norwegian papers:
A bus of youths from Kristiansand was stopped by police en route to Venneslahallen, a short drive north. This chance action by police prevented a clash with 130 Vennesla teens who were waiting for the bus, armed with axes, knives and bats, newspaper FÃ¦drelandsvennen reports.
“I see no reason to censor the facts. This could have ended in catastrophe,” police lieutenant Hans Martin Skovly at Vennesla sheriff’s office told the newspaper. Groups of kids from Vennesla have been close to open conflict with a notorious youth gang from Kristiansand, and this episode occurred in mid-September. The band of 20 on the bus were also armed with bat, axes and knives, out to get the ‘farmers’ from Vennesla, Skovly said. The gang were unaware that they were on their way to meet a much larger mob with the same intentions.
Ali Dashti comments: “What this article doesn’t say explicitly is that this is at least in part an ethnic conflict between some groups of immigrants and native Norwegians. This local newspaper for the city of Kristiansand tells so in several articles, here some brief summaries”:
A group of about 30 immigrant youth wanted to beat up an 18-year-old Norwegian. His father is worried, and is tempted to call for the formation of a vigilance committee in Kristiansand to combat the increasing frictions. He fears a “racial war” in the city.
According to newspaper sources, much of the trouble in the city comes from groups of immigrants teaming up to “get” other juveniles, especially native Norwegians.
According to these Norwegians from Kristiansand interviewed, some immigrants get aggressive even if you just look at them. They never do anything when alone, but if there are groups of them, they are frequently looking to make trouble. “I don’t like these youths to come here and try impose their will on us. I understand that many of them come from countries with war, but they don’t have to make war here” says one of the Norwegians.