All of the Norwegian teenagers who were arrested after taking part in street fights on the Greek island of Kos last week had been released as of Monday. Conflicting versions remain of what actually led to their arrests.
Some witnesses on Kos have told state broadcaster NRK that the fights were arranged in advance, among various groups of the Norwegian teens who’ll be entering their last year of high school this fall. That’s the year they’re known as russ, the soon-to-graduate students known for rowdiness and lots of partying.
Many russ also form groups that buy, decorate and equip old buses with elaborate sound systems, and then ride around in them in the spring. One source told NRK that various groups that will have buses this year in Akershus, Buskerud and Rogaland counties arranged fights among themselves.
Others blamed Greek police for “unmotivated violence” against the teenagers, who responded by fighting back. Yet another of the teenage boys released from jail refused to answer questions from NRK unless the state broadcaster paid him for an interview. NRK declined.
Six of those arrested were over the age of 18 and had to appear in court. The four others arrested were under the legal age of 18 in Europe, and thus released from custody shortly thereafter. A foreign ministry spokeswoman confirmed the releases and that all received consular assistance through Norway’s embassy in Athens.