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VIDEO: Irish emigrants in a fistfight in Australia

The footage shows several men, and a woman, in a lengthy fight that at one stage spills out onto a street.


(YouTube: Nadeem Khan)

VIDEO FOOTAGE has emerged of a fistfight involving Irish emigrants in Perth at the weekend.

The scuffles took place in the Northbridge area of Perth, which – like many cities in Australia – has seen an influx of Irish residents in recent years.

The fight, which took place on Sunday evening, continued for several minutes and was only interrupted when a police officer arrived on the scene.

Several men were involved in the fight, which began on a wide footpath but veered close to a busy street before being broken up.

Despite the presence of the police officer, a police spokesperson told Luke O’Neill of the Irish Echo that there had been no reports in relation to the incident.

Irish immigrants in Australia are regularly accused of anti-social behaviour; in 2011, a national news programme carried a six-minute piece showcasing the violent behaviour of “guests in our country”.

Many Irish residents in the country have said the Irish are being unfairly scapegoated, however, with other immigrant communities also responsible for violence and anti-social behaviour.

Read: Emigrants rubbish ‘fighting Irish’ news reports by Australian news channel

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