Wednesday, November 8, 2006


Suicide bid sparks punch-up among spectators

`A young woman’s rooftop suicide bid in Germany sparked a mass brawl between spectators encouraging the 21-year-old to jump and a group of homeless people trying to protect her, authorities said Tuesday. [..]

The homeless people were angered when some teenagers in the crowd of hundreds started yelling to the woman she should throw herself from the roof of the town hall of the southwestern town of Loerrach, said police spokesman Dietmar Ernst.

“The homeless people started shouting at the kids not to say that, using some strong language,” Ernst said. “Morally speaking though, the homeless people were in the right.”

A punch-up involving around 40 people then ensued, during which time police managed to coax the woman back indoors — three and a half hours after her ordeal began.’

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