Brawl in UK Bangladeshi community center caught on camera

Amateur videos of the chaos in the room included chairs flung across the room, men with batons and a man with a bloody cut on the head. (Photo courtesy: Facebook)

A mass brawl at a Bangladeshi community center in Leeds, in the UK, led to six people being injured and more than a dozen arrested on Saturday.

The violent fight involving sticks and chairs at the Bangladeshi Community Center is alleged to have begun as a spat between two factions over who would be in charge of the venue.

Amateur videos of the chaos in the room included chairs flung across the room, men with batons and another man with a bloody cut on the head.

Police officers were caught in the middle of the ensuing violence on Saturday at they attempted to break up the fight.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said in comments carried by The Daily Telegraph, “A small neighborhood policing presence, consisting of PCs and PCSOs, were at the centre in Roundhay Road in support of a local community event.”

“Thirteen people have been arrested in connection with this incident for offences including public order and assault, with six people treated for non-life threatening injuries,” the spokesman added.

Arif Hussain, who represents the Harehills area for Leeds City Council believes the fight broke out because two rival factions wanted to take charge of the center with the disagreement being a longstanding one.

He said in comments carried by the Mirror Online: “I'm shocked. It's completely unacceptable. There are 802 members and it's up to them to decide who they want to run the centre, just like for an MP or a councillor.”

He continued by saying “It’s not great for the community. It’s not great for the area, it’s not great for the city.”

 

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46
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