9 held after brawl in Geylang

9 held after brawl in Geylang
HELP FOR THE INJURED: At least three men were hurt in the incident and one was taken to hospital.

SINGAPORE - Nine men were nabbed by police on Tuesday night after a brawl in Geylang which involved about 20 men, Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.

The fight in Jalan Molek started after a foreign worker allegedly molested a woman, thought to be a prostitute, Wanbao reported.

Eyewitnesses, who did not want to be named, told a reporter that a drunk foreign worker allegedly touched a streetwalker's chest. Angered, she fought back and even kicked him, and the two started fighting. A man who was acting as a "lookout" for the girls went to her aid.

The foreign worker then called out to his friends who were nearby for help.

Soon, the "lookout" was surrounded by more than 10 men. About four or five of his friends heard the commotion and turned up, but they were still outnumbered.

Another six or seven people from an alley nearby then rushed over. The foreign workers fled at this point.

In less than five minutes, the police were at the scene. They cordoned off the area and detained some people.

A resident, who did not wish to be named, told Wanbao that there have been more patrols in Geylang since the Little India riot late last year.

More than 10 police cars and a large number of officers were seen by the reporter at the scene.

Police said nine men were arrested in the operation.

At least three men were injured and one was taken to hospital, Wanbao said.

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