Calgary police chief to provide update on weekend ‘violent conflict’ – Calgary

Calgary Police Chief Mark Neufeld will provide an update on a “violent conflict” Saturday night between two groups involving up to 150 people.

That 5 p.m. press conference will air in this story.

Officers traveled to the Falconridge community around 5 p.m. Saturday for reports of groups engaging in violence.

Police said the conflict was likely between two groups of Eritrean expatriates.

There is growing anger and opposition among some sections of the Eritrean diaspora towards the Eritrean government and the situation in the North East African country.

On Monday, Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek called Saturday’s clash “incredibly disturbing” and thanked Calgary police for coming up with a plan to handle the rapidly escalating violence.

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She noted that police were speaking with members of Calgary’s Eritrean community as part of the investigation and future mitigation measures.

“I think we’re all very aware that global politics is also played out at the local level, but we have to make sure it’s not played out in a violent way,” Gondek told PKBNEWS.

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