On Twitter, Chechen And North African Users In France, Belgium, And Germany Respond To Dijon Unrest

June 19, 2020

This month, the city of Dijon in eastern France experienced four nights of unrest linked to score-settling by members of the Chechen community. The incidents appear to have been sparked by an assault this month on a 16-year-old Chechen boy by a drug dealer, prompting reprisal raids. Reports state that Chechens travelled to Dijon from all over France, Belgium, and Germany to avenge the boy. On the evening of June 15, 2020, dozens of hooded men carrying guns and crowbars gathered in Dijon's Grésilles district, shooting in the air, destroying video surveillance cameras, and setting fire to trash bins and vehicles. The unrest mainly took place in the immigrant district of Grésilles, and evolved into a settling of accounts between the Chechen community and the North African one, as suggested by a number of Twitter threads.

This is an excerpt from a MEMRI report. To view the full report, click here.

 

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