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Three arrested after violent weekend demonstration in Nørrebro

Vandalism and attacks on police mark Saturday demonstration in Copenhagen

Extensive graffiti was painted on the walls of the church yard where Kierkegaard is buried (photo: Niels Elgaard Larsen)
August 10th, 2015 11:50 am| by Ray W

Copenhagen police officers had to protect themselves from stones, bottles, fireworks and Molotov cocktails after a Saturday night demonstration in Nørrebro turned violent.

“We got it stopped a little after two o’clock in the morning, when protesters began digging up the stones from Sankt Hans Torv,” Copenhagen police security head Henrik Brix told DR Nyheder.

“Three people were arrested. One was carrying a knife, another was also carrying a weapon, and we were already looking for the third.”

The area around Fælledvej suffered what police called “extensive” vandalism before the demonstration was controlled.

“Windows were shattered at banks and real estate offices and the police museum was also vandalised,” said Brix.

No injuries
A crowd from the group Reclaim the Streets gathered at about 22:00 and made their way down Nørrebrogade.

“On the way, they threw things at us, painted graffiti and smashed windows,” said Brix.

The walls of Assistens Kirkegård cemetery, the resting place of noted theologian Søren Kierkegaard, were particularly targeted for graffiti by the demonstrators.

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No injuries were reported among either the police or demonstrators.