Police nab 8 soldiers over violent brawl

18th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — Military police have arrested eight soldiers after a violent brawl between troops and police officers in Weert last week.

18 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — Military police have arrested eight soldiers after a violent brawl between troops and police officers in Weert last week.

A military police spokeswoman said on Monday that the suspects were aged 25 to 45 and were based at the Van Hornekazerne in Weert. The base runs a sergeant's training courses for soldiers.

The arrested soldiers have been released from police custody, but have been charged with public order offences and obstructing police officers.

Police had also arrested on Friday night a 37-year-old civilian, also of Weert, for possible involvement in the brawl.

Units of the military police and police traded punches with the soldiers in front of the local police station before finally restoring order last Friday morning. A 33-year-old soldier was arrested.

The trouble began during a discharge party being held by soldiers who attended the military training college. A soldier came to blows with a civilian and then many of the soldier's comrades got involved.

When police arrived and detained the soldier, his party directed their attention to the police officers. The police decided to detain more of the soldiers, but this only escalated the situation.

Witnesses said punches were thrown left and right as four police officers, two men and two women were roughed up. Police called in reinforcements as the rioting soldiers besieged the police station. Eventually order was restored.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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