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Eight men accused of leading mass riot in Dubai labour camp

500 workers caused several fires, major damage in January incident in Jebel Ali

Eight men accused of leading mass riot in Dubai labour camp

A court in Dubai has heard charges against eight men accused of leading a mass riot in which 500 workers vandalised a labour camp in January, causing hundreds of thousands of dirhams worth of damage.

The rampage was sparked by a series of thefts in the camp’s accommodation in Jebel Ali, reported 7 Days.

Labours started protesting after camp managers denied them permission to lock their shared rooms to prevent thieves.

The protests began with 70 people and escalated to involve 500 rioters, eyewitnesses told the court. The rampage resulted in several fires and the collapse of a large water tank.

An Egyptian site supervisor said that the rioters surrounded his office and started beating on doors and windows.

“There were some very scary moments until I managed to escape from them. We were in danger… the riot was terrifying, I didn’t expect it at all,” he testified in court yesterday.

The eight men have denied the charges and the trial is still ongoing.