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Police use clubs in clash with riotous teenagers

Police were forced to use clubs when a clash broke out between police and adolescents in the Skeifan area of Reykjavík on early Sunday morning. Some 200 teenagers were in the area. The group assailed police officers and threw rocks and bottles into a police vehicle. This is the first time in a number of years that police have had to use clubs in violent clashes.

The incident began when police were called to an ATM just past midnight on Sunday morning, as people were reported to be urinating inside the premises. Police then moved to arrest a man believed to have been involved in an assault earlier in the evening, with the result that the group attacked police in an attempt to free the man.

According to the Reykjavík Chief of Police, disrespect and violence against police has been increasing in the recent past, and in his view courts are very lenient when it comes to such offenders.

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