A brawl between several people, inside and outside a cafe/seafood restaurant of Paio Pires, in the municipality of Seixal (outskirts of Lisbon in Portugal), forced the intervention of the police (National Republican Guard) on Friday night
The clash resulted in four injured, some of which received assistance from the firefighters. One of the victims is a pregnant woman.
The beating scene was filmed and, from the images to which the newspaper Correio da Manhã had access to, as well as other social media sources, it is possible to see that chairs were used as a weapon, as well as sticks. The exchange of aggressions began within that dining space, ending already on the street.
(1/3) Homens de etnia cigana recusam-se a pagar conta do jantar e iniciam confrontos violentos numa marisqueira no Seixal. Uma grávida foi ferida durante os confrontos.
— Invictus Portucale (@PT_Invictus) August 24, 2019
Apparently, a group of Romani customers (commonly known in the country as ciganos (gipsies) refused to pay the dinner bill. It was then that a more heated exchange of words began, followed by the aggressions.
As it turned out, the damages and loses to the business seem to be large.
According to a source from the National Republic Guard Setúbal Command, the warning was given at 9:50 pm, but by the arrival of the military, the suspects had already fled. There are no arrests.
The ‘Romani’ or Gypsy community in Portugal is especially infamous in the country, with cases of forced early marriages within the community, petty or more organized crime and extreme dependence on subsidies/welfare.