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Danish PM attacked in Copenhagen: Man arrested as Mette Frederiksen is ‘beaten’ in capital


Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was attacked by a man in the center of Copenhagen today.

Police said on social media platform X that they had arrested a man and were investigating the incident, but declined to provide further details.

Her office said in a statement: “Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was beaten by a man who was subsequently arrested in Kultorvet (square, red) in Copenhagen on Friday evening. The prime minister is shocked by the incident.»

Local Soren Kjergaard, who works as a barista in the square, saw the prime minister being led away by security after the attack.

She claimed the prime minister was unharmed by the attack and had no outward signs of harm, although she «looked a bit stressed».

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was attacked by a man in the center of Copenhagen today

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Nordic Summit in Stockholm, Friday, May 31, 2024

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Nordic Summit in Stockholm, Friday, May 31, 2024

EU chief Charles Michel and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola condemned the attack on Frederiksen on Friday.

Metsola urged the Danish prime minister to «stay strong» and added in a post for X that «violence has no place in politics».

Michel, in turn, said he was «outraged by the attack».

«I strongly condemn this cowardly act of aggression,» the European Council president said in a separate post for X.

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen also condemned what she called «a despicable act that goes against everything we believe in and fight for in Europe» in a statement on social media.

The attack comes two days before Danes go to the polls in European elections and just three weeks after Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was seriously injured in an assassination attempt.

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Mr Fico, 59, was shot in the stomach last month as he greeted supporters outside a cultural center in the town of Handlová, nearly 135 kilometers northeast of the capital Bratislava.

Video footage showed the Slovak prime minister approaching people gathered at the barricades and extending his hands for a handshake as a man stepped forward, extended his arm and fired five shots before being attacked and arrested.

She later underwent a two-hour operation to remove dead tissue from his gunshot wounds.



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