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Police heighten security ahead of Copenhagen Pride

Precautions being taken in wake of Orlando attack

The police will be out in force (photo: iStock)
August 15th, 2016 2:18 pm| by Christian W

The City Police will step up its security measures when the rainbow flags come out during the upcoming Copenhagen Pride festival.

The 20th edition of the massive LGBT celebration kicks off tomorrow and the police has cited the possibility of terror as the central reason behind the heightened security protocol.

“Of course the general and serious terror threat in Denmark means we need more officers because there are so many people who are going to be gathering together in the same place,” Jens Jespersen, the deputy police inspector with the City Police, told Metroxpress newspaper.

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Wake of Orlando
The police made the decision to tighten security this year, compared to previous years, in co-operation with the Copenhagen Pride organisers following the deadly attack at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida earlier this year that left 50 dead and 53 wounded.

Jespersen said that the police efforts would be increased during the parade and other events over the course of the festival, which ends on Sunday.

Despite the ominous news, the police contend that participants in this year’s festival can rest assured that it will be just as safe as previous editions.