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A person attacked the Danish Prime Minister, the social democrat Mette Frederiksen, this Friday within the middle of Copenhagen. The aggressor has already been arrested. The Danish chief is “shocked”, however the Danish authorities haven’t given any additional details about Frederiksen's situation.

“Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was beaten on Friday night in Copenhagen's Kultorvet by a man who was later arrested. “The prime minister is shocked by the incident,” her workplace stated in a press release with out giving additional particulars. Copenhagen police and Denmark's nationwide safety and intelligence service have confirmed the incident to Reuters however declined to provide additional particulars.

“She seemed a little stressed,” Soren Kjergaard, who works as a waiter within the sq., instructed Reuters after watching safety escort the prime minister after the assault.

Danish Environment Minister Magnus Heunicke instructed X: “Mette is naturally shocked by the attack. I must say that it shakes all of us who are close to her.”

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has condemned the “despicable” assault. “It goes against everything we believe in and fight for in Europe. I wish you strength and courage; I know you have both in abundance,” she wrote on the identical social community. Other leaders, such because the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, have additionally despatched their help to the Danish chief. “The attack that she suffered tonight is an attack against all of us who believe in a Europe of freedom, tolerance and peace,” Sánchez shared.

“Oh no, what surprising news. Denmark is not like that. We do not attack our prime ministers. I send my best thoughts to Mette,” the vp and Minister of Defense, the liberal Troels Lund Poulsen, additionally revealed X. The leaders of the principle Danish events and several other ministers have additionally reacted on social networks condemning what occurred and sending messages of help to Frederiksen.

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Mette Frederiksen, 46, has been head of Government since June 2019: the primary time period, on the head of a center-left coalition; and since December 2022, she has been on the head of a centrist Executive with two right-wing forces.

The incident joins different current assaults on politicians. The most critical was the tried assassination of the Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico, on May 15 in a shootout that left him between life and loss of life. That assassination try and several other assaults on politicians of various political stripes in international locations like Germany set off all of the alarms within the EU for concern of a violent wave ensuing from the rise in hate speech, populism and social division.

The assault on Frederiksen happens when the EU member states have begun to vote in key elections, wherein far-right formations can get hold of a historic consequence. The Social Democratic Party chaired by Frederiksen aspires to win the elections, which in Denmark are held on Sunday.