Massive brawl erupts in Hamrun, one hospitalised / Malta News Briefing – Thursday 18 August

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Maltatoday reports that the local councils of Mdina, Rabat and Imtarfa have come out against the Mdina Grand Prix being organised in the vicinity of their localities. “While in principle they have nothing against the activity itself and/or the organisers, the Councils unanimously agreed that in view of the severe inconvenience to residents and the serious danger resulting from the severe congestion arising during the Mdina Gran Prix, this activity should be organised out elsewhere,” a statement read.

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Updated 1445 – Massive brawl erupts in Hamrun

Police were forced to deploy the Rapid Intervention Unit after a fight broke out among a group of up to 25 men in Ħamrun. The fight took place very close to the locality’s police station, at about 12.30pm, as shoppers were seen fleeing from the scene.

Video footage shared by numerous social media users shows that police officers were outnumbered by what sections of the media described as Syrian men. A metal pipe and a large board appear to be among the ‘weapons’ used in the fight.

At least one person has been hospitalised, according to Maltatoday. The video below is from TVM News.

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