Story By: Gabriel Zamfir, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Central European News
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A street fight between two gypsy clans with long poles has broken out in a small Romanian town following a minor traffic prang.
According to local media, the fight erupted when two vehicles driven by members of rival gypsy clans from the town of Calafat in the south-western Romanian county of Dolj were involved in an accident.
After the prang, members of the so-called Mustafa clan felt aggrieved and took their anger out on members of the rival Durac family. Reports said that the Mustafa clan went to another part of town and vandalised two vehicles owned by their rivals.
When the cops arrived at the scene, the incident had already escalated into a street fight that also included women and children.
In the footage filmed by the cops, outnumbered officers are seen struggling to restrain the angry family members, bashing each other with long sticks.
At one point, a cop is seen spraying a brawling group with pepper spray before running away.
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After several chaotic minutes, the brawling clan members dispersed, according to reports.
Police spokesperson Cosmin Gradinaru told local media: “The police intervened in a fight between two groups. During the intervention, one officer was struck on the hand.
“A Special Action Service unit was also sent to the site to increase the police presence.
“The fight was broken up and some of the people involved were taken to the police station.”
According to reports, 13 people were arrested in total including an 18-year-old man who is believed to have struck a cop with a large stick.
However, despite the public ruckus, no one has yet filed a complaint.
The investigation continues.