Eight arrested at anti-lockdown protest in Danish capital

Eight arrested at anti-lockdown protest in Danish capital
The group Men In Black demonstrates in Copenhagen, Saturday 27 February 2021. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix
Danish police said they arrested eight people in an anti-lockdown demonstration in Copenhagen late on Saturday.

Organised by a group calling itself “Men in Black”, the rally of around 1,200 people in the Danish capital was the first since the government announced last week that it was extending many anti-coronavirus restrictions.

Police said the rally remained largely peaceful, but eight people were arrested for allegedly using fireworks and for rowdy behaviour.

Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Initially, around 600 people took part in the demonstration, but the crowd had swelled to around 1,200 by the end of the evening on the square in front of Copenhagen’s town hall, police said.

Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

“Men in Black” has previously arranged demonstrations in Aalborg and Copenhagen. 

In January one of the protests in Copenhagen included the burning of an effigy of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, leading to the arrest of two men.

Denmark, which has been under a partial lockdown since late December, announced last Wednesday that it would ease some coronavirus restrictions but keep the majority in place despite protests from the opposition.

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While Danes will once again be able to visit some shops and partake in small-scale sports and communal activities from Monday, many restrictions have been extended until 5th April, including the closure of bars, restaurants, and most secondary and higher education institutions.

The number of Covid-19 infections in Denmark has fallen sharply over the past few weeks, but the rate of incidence of the so-called UK variant of the coronavirus, which is more easily transmissible, remains a source of concern, authorities said.

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