A traditional wedding procession involving guests from Chechnya ended with fights and a major traffic jam in Oslo over the weekend. Police had their hands full trying to sort out the conflicts that arose.
They ensured when the wedding party started driving from Lørenskog, northeast of Oslo, into the city on Sunday afternoon. The drivers of around 40 cars making up the procession into Oslo jostled for position, with some of them getting angry with one another when they didn’t get the prestigious place of being the second car in the convoy.
Police said the cars, including a “limousine and dark vehicles,” drove very slowly and abreast down the major E6 motorway into downtown and ended up coming to a full stop inside the busy tunnel under Vålerenga. Some of the drivers got out of their cars and started fighting.
One driver told newspaper Aftenposten that the procession was in line with tradition in Chechnya, but police ultimately stopped it just outside the tunnel under Ekeberg. By that time, two of the cars had collided “and the mood had turned tense,” Tore Solberg of the Oslo Police District told Aftenposten. Police blocked several lanes of the highway and forced the wedding cars into one long line. “It was all a very special situation,” Solberg said.