• Denmark's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Another Muslim cemetery vandalized in Denmark
Photo: Fyns Politi

Another Muslim cemetery vandalized in Denmark

The Local · 2 Sep 2015, 08:52

Published: 02 Sep 2015 08:52 GMT+02:00

For the second time in a matter of months, a Muslim cemetery in Denmark has been vandalized. Police said on Tuesday that between 50 and 60 tombstones in Korsløkke Kirkegård were smashed over the weekend. The vandalism was first reported on Monday and confirmed by both police and Odense Municipality on Tuesday. 
 
A Funens Police spokesman said that officers currently have no suspect and thus can’t speculate on the motive. 
 
“Whether it is racially motivated or a prank, it would just be speculation to say anything at this point,” Hans Frederiksen told public broadcaster DR. 
 
The vandalism in Odense comes less than three months after a Muslim cemetery in the western Copenhagen suburb of Brøndby was hit by a similar action. In that incident, some 50 graves were destroyed, with tombstones broken and strewn over the burial grounds. According to police, some graves were also urinated on. 
 
 
Mirna Ugljen discovered the vandalism in Korsløkke Kirkegård when she went to lie flowers on her father’s grave on Tuesday and said she and her family members were shocked by what they saw. 
 
“I began to cry because it was so terrible. They are dead, they haven’t done anything. They should be allowed to rest in peace,” she told DR. 
 
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen condemned the vandalism. 
 
"In June, there was vandalism at the Muslim cemetery in Brøndby. Today it has been discovered that someone has smashed 50 graves at the Muslim cemetery in Odense. It makes me angry! We don't know the perpetrator's motives – pure stupidity, religious fanaticism or a totally misunderstood political signal – but no matter what, it is simply repulsive and should be condemned," the PM wrote on Facebook. 
 
Story continues below…
Odense Mayor Anker Boye said that the city will hold a demonstration of support at the cemetery at 7pm on Wednesday. 
 
“Bring a candle or a flower along so that we can together show that this is completely unacceptable,” he said. 
 
In addition to the Odense vandalism, recent weeks have also seen the attempted arson of a Copenhagen area Muslim centre and an attack on an asylum centre in Jutland
 

For more news from Denmark, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Today's headlines
Border checks
First migrants make it from Denmark to Sweden on foot
The Øresund Bridge connects Copenhagen to Malmö. Photo: Colourbox

Dozens of attempts to cross the Øresund Bridge have been made, but this is the first successful crossing.

Seagulls 1, Aarhus 0
Aarhus's Hitchcockian nightmare will continue. Photo: Stefan W/Flickr

Seagulls 1, Aarhus 0

27 minutes ago

Officials in Denmark’s second city declared an all-out war on seagulls earlier this year. They lost.

Russia lashes out at ‘hostile’ Denmark
Russia's ambassador to Denmark, Mikhail Vanin. Photo: Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Denmark

Russia’s ambassador to Denmark accused the Danes of being “hostile” and “anti-Russian” in an interview published on Friday.

Danish MP cleared for 'bomb civilians' remark
Søren Espersen of the Danish People's Party. File photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix

Copenhagen Police have dropped proceedings against Danish People’s Party (DF) spokesperson Søren Espersen after he said that Denmark “should start” bombing civilians in Syria.

Denmark's biggest IPO to be windfall for Goldman Sachs
Dong's expected market value is up to 106.5 billion kroner. Photo: Claus Fisker/Scanpix

The Danish wind farm group Dong Energy is valued at up to $16 billion, leading to renewed debate about its partial sale to the US investment bank.

Aarhus blocks plans for grand mosque
Aarhus will not get a new mosque after all. Photo: Guillaume Baviere/Flickr

The sale of a plot of land for the construction of a grand mosque has been cancelled by Aarhus Municipality.

Denmark's waters are cleaner than ever
Danish beaches are cleaner than ever. Photo: Old Dane/ Wikipedia

Jump on in, the water's fine! In fact, it's cleaner than it's ever been.

Syrian refugees sue Denmark over long family wait time
File photo of the refugee tent camp in Thisted. Photo: Sara Gangsted/Scanpix

A group of five Syrians are suing Denmark and Immigration Minister Inger Støjberg over the three-year waiting period for family reunification imposed on refugees.

Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
Green card holder Mehvish Kiran said that her four children would not be able to adjust to life in Pakistan. Photo: Submitted

Thousands of green card holders are desperately trying convince politicians not to force them out of Denmark and say that a recently-granted extension to the scheme is a hollow victory.

Danish economy set for ‘historically’ low growth
File photo: Scanpix DK

Reports from the Ministry of Finance and independent experts suggest that the Danish economy is likely to be one of Europe’s slowest growers over the coming years.

Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
National
Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
How Copenhagen achieved an ‘organic food revolution’
National
How Copenhagen achieved an ‘organic food revolution’
Travel
The second best destination in all of Europe is...
Sport
We are the champions! Denmark wins world badminton team title
After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark
National
After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark
Society
Strangest political story in Denmark just got stranger
International
Keeping Denmark in Europol 'maybe impossible'
Analysis & Opinion
Green card holders tell Denmark to keep its promise
National
Denmark picks F-35 in historic jet purchase
Society
Denmark to no longer define transgender as mental illness
National
Danish minister tells 'Sharia' troublemakers to 'get a job'
Culture
Danish 'martyr' exhibit reported to police
National
Denmark extends 'temporary' border measures for sixth time
National
Denmark nears final decision on controversial fighter jets
Society
Muslim ‘girls only’ swimming sessions ripple Danish waters
National
Could Danes face a 'red meat tax' to help climate?
National
Denmark unable to process or issue visas
Denmark to go to war against Isis in Syria
International
Denmark to go to war against Isis in Syria
Business & Money
How Denmark’s national bank card is about to change
Culture
The best Danish bands you've (maybe) never heard of
Danes leaving the church in droves
Society
Atheist campaign gets Danes to leave the church in droves
Four Isis ‘recruits’ arrested in Copenhagen
National
Four Isis ‘recruits’ arrested in Copenhagen
Business & Money
Unwrapping Denmark's first zero-packaging food store
2,287
jobs available