Video footage captures the moment a mass brawl broke out at an outdoor swimming pool in Berlin on Sunday, with an estimated 100 young men fighting each other.
The huge fight broke out after one group sprayed another with a water pistol at Sommerbad am Insulaner in the German capital’s Steglitz district.
This is said to have developed into a verbal and then a physical argument.
A total of 13 police vehicles arrived with one hundred officers rushed to the scene and arrested several people.
The by-stander footage shows how security tried in vein to prevent a fight breaking out, but within seconds there was nothing they could do but stand and watch.
Many families were present at the popular outdoor pool, who were there to enjoy the hot weather over the weekend, had to run out of the way of the fight.
The video shows children stood in a crowd, and in the background you can see mothers jumping up and taking their children to safety.
The outdoor swimming pool in Berlin was very crowded when a mass brawl broke out over the weekend due to one group spraying another with a water pistol
Several young men can be seen angrily confronting each other while security at the Berlin pool fail to prevent the two large groups fighting
One of the security guards who tried to intervene was injured by one of the swimmers
The situation could have been avoided if there were better controls at the entrance to who comes into the bathroom, said Rainer Wendt, head of the German police union, to BILD.
‘It is the task of the organizer to carry out the identity checks and also to control them and limit them if necessary. We must not give up the public space to these violent thugs.
‘Every discotheque owner who has a decent bouncer can ensure that such a clientele is not let in. The police can’t always come. The police are a law enforcement agency, not a lifeguard club. We cannot be present in all swimming pools with hundreds. That is the job of the organizers.
‘Politicians shy away from the debate about the perpetrator clientele, which we also see quite obviously here. It’s young men, not all, but most with a migration background, who quite obviously claim this public space for themselves.’
In a short space of time dozens of angry men were chasing after another group, while other swimmers were forced try quickly get out of the way
The video footage shows families and children in attendance looking very concerned at the fight broke out
The police arrived in large numbers and were finally able to calm the heated atmosphere.
According to the investigation, four people aged 23, two ages 21 and a 15-year-old are suspects.
A 21-year-old is also being investigated for dangerous bodily harm – he is said to have hit a 23-year-old security officer at the swimming pool.
One of the alleged attacker is now being investigated for dangerous bodily harm – and the others for serious breaches of the peace.
Some of those involved had to be treated for minor cuts, police said. A ten-year-old boy is said to have received a punch.