Assault: Danish Prime Minister Attacked in Copenhagen’s Streets, Sparking Outrage and Investigations

Copenhagen, Denmark – The European election campaign ended on a violent note as Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was punched on the streets of Copenhagen. The attacker, whose identity remains undisclosed, was swiftly apprehended. This incident adds to a string of political violence in Europe, with the most severe being the recent assassination attempt on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico on May 15.

Frederiksen, 46, leads the Danish Social Democratic party and has headed a center-left coalition since June 2019. The assault occurred in the Kultorvet market square after a day of supporting Social Democratic candidate Christel Schaldemose. The Prime Minister expressed shock over the attack, with law enforcement investigating the motive behind the incident.

Immediate condemnation and solidarity poured in from European leaders, with President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola calling the attack “disgusting.” The President of the Council, Charles Michel, also expressed outrage. In response, the Danish government and opposition united in support of Frederiksen, emphasizing that any attack on an elected official is an assault on democracy.

The Finnish and Swedish Prime Ministers expressed shock over the incident, highlighting the reverberations of the assault on the Danish Prime Minister across European borders. This attack joins a series of recent assaults on political leaders in Europe, marking a period of heightened tension and security concerns.

The European community stands in solidarity against acts of violence, emphasizing the need to protect democracy and ensure the safety of leaders and public figures. As investigations continue and leaders unite in condemnation, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the challenges and risks faced by those in positions of political leadership.