2,500 protest against Goldman Sachs deal
City Council member reportedly assaulted as Danes demonstrate against planned partial sale of DONG Energy
An estimated 2,500 demonstrators braved the cold and snow this evening to protest against the pending partial sale of state-owned energy provider DONG to US investment firm Goldman Sachs.
Parliament's Finance Committee is set to vote on the controversial deal tomorrow. If it pass, Goldman Sachs take a 19 percent stake in DONG at a cost of eight billion kroner.
Berlingske newspaper reports that during the demonstration, City Council member Rasmus Jarlov (K) was assaulted while participating in a small counter-demonstration in favour of the sale. According to Berlingske, a minor scuffle broke out and Jarlov was hit in the stomach. He then attempted to film his alleged assailant but dropped his phone, which the other man then attempted to step on.
An online petition against the Goldman Sachs deal has reached over 190,000 signatures. The sale is expected to pass, but all eyes politically will be on Socialistisk Folkeparti. The party is meeting tonight about the DONG deal and some within the party are calling to leave the coalition government.
NOTE: An earlier version of this article misidentified Rasmus Jarlov as an MP.