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Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen attacked in Copenhagen

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Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was assaulted on an open street in Copenhagen on Friday. The attack provoked strong international reactions. Photo: Jeremias Gonzalez / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 08.06.2024 07:13:02

Policy: Frederiksen was hit by a man on Kultorvet and is shocked by the incident, says a statement from her office. The office has no further comments on the matter.

The police in the Danish capital confirm the incident, but have no comment either.

The police have arrested the person they believe to be the perpetrator.

Furthermore, they say that the prime minister sat down at a table in a nearby cafe. Avisa is told by the manager of the cafe that Frederiksen was then picked up and taken away by security personnel.

Recently, Fredriksen has participated in an election campaign on behalf of the Social Democrats’ top candidate for the EU elections, Christel Schaldemose, ahead of the election for the new EU Parliament on Sunday.

Schaldemose informs Ritzau that it was not in connection with her election campaign that Frederiksen was at Kultorvet.

– I am horrified that someone in Denmark can think of attacking the Prime Minister on an open street in the middle of Copenhagen. It is completely unheard of and completely unacceptable that as a politician you cannot travel freely without risking being exposed to something so disgusting, says Gade.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson says that “an attack on a democratically elected leader is also an attack on our democracy”.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen condemned the attack as a “despicable act that goes against everything we believe in and fight for in Europe”.

The assassination of Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico has received the most attention. Fico was critically injured when a man shot him several times at close range on 15 May. The country’s authorities believe the shooting was politically motivated.

In Germany, a number of politicians have been attacked while campaigning before the EU elections, among them the Social Democrat Matthias Ecke, who was beaten up and admitted to hospital in Dresden in early May.

It is not clear from the statement whether the Prime Minister was physically injured. Two people who claim to have seen the attack say Berlingske Tidende that the perpetrator gave Frederiksen a strong push, but that she did not fall to the ground.

The leader of the Norwegian Parliament, Søren Gade, condemns the attack.

There has been an increase in attacks against politicians in the run-up to the EU elections, which will be held this weekend.

(© NTB)

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