The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that clashes between representatives of the Chechen diaspora in the French city of Dijon and Maghreb Arabs were not interethnic in nature, and immigrants from Chechnya "rallied" against local drug dealers.
"Drug dealers from Dijon brutally cracked down on a 16-year-old Chechen who stood up for his friend. As a result, he was seriously injured. Justice did not respond properly to their atrocities and tribesmen came to the rescue, " the head of Chechnya quoted Kommersant expressing his opinion on Telegram.
“Personally, my opinion is this: I consider the actions of the Chechens to be correct. This is not arbitrariness! They rallied and went against drug-trafficking drug-sowing deaths,” Kadyrov is sure.
The head of Chechnya also suggested that drug dealers "were tired of the residents of Dijon themselves".
Mass riots and pogroms in the center of Dijon began on the evening of June 12 after several people attacked the Black Pearl hookah and beat up a native of Chechnya. Representatives of the Chechen community stood up for the battered. According to media reports, the cause of the attack was the settlement of accounts between representatives of the Chechen community and local groups of drug traffickers of Maghreb origin. The skirmishes escalated into major riots with the arson of cars and garbage cans, resulting in at least 10 injuries. Police dispersed the rioters with tear gas.
Two days earlier, on June 18, a group of people from Chechnya was detained in France. On the eve of this, the French Criminal Investigation Intelligence Service sent a report to the General Directorate of Legal Police of France, stating that the activities of representatives of the Chechen community "are becoming more dangerous", as well as about the clashes between the Chechen diaspora and other ethnic groups that have become more frequent in recent years. territory of the country, mainly - immigrants from North Africa.