Several police patrol crews, some of them from neighbouring departments, were deployed by the police of Rotenburg to settle disputes between two extended families, according to a report of the officers. After clashes between family members had already occurred early Thursday evening at the Rotenburg Diaconia Clinic, the conflict threatened to escalate somewhat later at an apartment building on Harburger Street.According to the police officers’ previous findings, members of one family had left an apartment when they were attacked by members of the other family armed with shovels and other tools. The police officers were faced with violent clashes when they arrived.
The police officers had to disperse up to fifty people and order them to leave the area, police spokesman Heiner van der Werp reported. The background of the dispute could not be conclusively clarified on site. According to van der Werp, however, the dispute is said to have been a civil law dispute.
The Rotenburg police succeeded in calming the tension on the spot. Several criminal proceedings for assault and threat have been initiated, it is finally reported. The two families involved in the dispute in Rotenburg are from Lebanon and Iraq.