10 young Norwegians arrested in Greece

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Police on the popular Greek island of Kos have arrested 10 young Norwegians on holiday, after they took part in a street brawl and assaulted law enforcement officers. Newspaper VG reported that a man from Poland was also among those being held for violence and disturbing the peace.

The Norwegians, all male teenagers, reportedly come from around the country including Akershus, Rogaland and Buskerud counties. They weren’t all traveling together but many were said to be entering their last year of high school in Norway when they’ll be known as russ, the graduating students known for excessive partying and pranks.

Greek police confirmed the arrests to VG, while a Greece newspaper told state broadcaster NRK that a total of 32 people from various countries took part in the brawl. NRK reported that street fights had taken place almost every night during the past week, some of them allegedly arranged in advance. Those arrested are reportedly charged with assaulting police officers, disturbing the peace and carrying out violence in a public place, along with refusing to cooperate with police.

A spokesperson for Norway’s foreign ministry confirmed that several Norwegian citizens had been arrested by police on Kos. “Our embassy in Athens is in contact with Greek authorities and will offer consular assistance to the Norwegian citizens,” Kari Eken Wollebæk of the foreign ministry told NRK.

newsinenglish.no staff