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Linnanmäki Disturbance Highlights Tensions between Somalis and Kurds in Finland
Representatives of two immigrant minorities believed to have been involved in Sunday's group fight at Linnanmäki have sharply condemned the melee. The incident has highlighted tensions that sometimes emerge between Somalis and Kurds in Finland. Some Somalis have taken issue with the dress and habits of Kurds, who are often fairly relaxed in their interpretation of Islam.
Dozens of young people with immigrant backgrounds took part in Sunday's melee – mainly Somalis and Kurds. Kurds have said that there have been tensions between the groups before, because some of the Somalis, many of whom are devout Muslims, have been known to chide Kurds for their more worldly dress and behaviour.
A woman, interviewed by the late-edition newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, said that one of Sunday's fights started with an argument over the use of head scarves. According to the 25-year-old woman, the Somalis denounced Kurdish women for not wearing scarves.
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