Police were busy in many Norwegian cities after Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May. Unruly drunks including youth as young as 13 caused trouble and picked fights, leaving some seriously injured.
Halden, Fredrikstad, Ski, Follo and Sarpsborg in the southeast were the scenes of brawls and open drunkenness among “youth who party and drink and make a lot of noise,” Svein Walle, operations leader for the Øst Police District, told state broadcaster NRK. Some needed medical assistance at the scene, especially those who were injured in fights.
In Bergen, where 17th of May events run from early morning until nearly midnight, police reported that fights also broke out among drunk celebrants. Newspaper Bergens Tidende reported that some were annoyed by long lines to get into bars where they’d paid in advance but allegedly became victims of overbooking. Others got impatient waiting in long lines for ferries home that also had capacity problems.
The biggest problem, though, is excessive alcohol consumption. There’d been long lines at state liquor stores the day before and partying often begins early in the morning.