The Associated Press reports:
Police in Norway on Sunday reported dozens of disturbances and violent clashes including mass brawls in the Nordic country’s big cities after streets, bars, restaurants and nightclubs were filled with people celebrating the end of COVID-19 restrictions that lasted for more than a year.
The Norwegian government abruptly announced Friday that most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions would be scrapped beginning Saturday and that life in the nation of 5.3 million would return to normal.
The unexpected announcement by outgoing Prime Minister Erna Solberg [photo] to drop coronavirus restrictions the next day took many Norwegians by surprise and led to chaotic scenes in the capital, Oslo, and elsewhere in the country.
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— CTV News (@CTVNews) September 27, 2021
The Norwegian government unexpectedly announced last Friday that most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions would be abruptly scrapped and that life in the nation of 5.3 million would return to normal. https://t.co/seqdytWjVo
— Rosita Díaz (@RosemaryDiaz13) September 27, 2021
It was the freedom weekend Norway didn’t expect, and it led to mass brawls and violent chaos as overexcited crowds rushed out to celebrate.https://t.co/dvXn4HksXK
— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) September 27, 2021