World leaders ‘strongly condemn’ after Danish Prime Minister is beaten up


Danish PM Mette Frederiksen was beaten up (Picture: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto/Getty)

The Danish Prime Minister Metter Frederiksen was attacked in the middle of a street in Copenhagen.

Frederiksen was beaten up at Kultorvet in central Copenhagen, Denmark, on Friday evening.

Her attacker has since been arrested and the PM reportedly walked away after she was ‘beaten,’ her office confirmed.

She was ‘shocked’ by the incident, the office added but it did not reveal further details on her condition.

The Danish police also confirmed the suspect had been arrested, but declined to comment further.

Now leader across Europe have condemned the attack on the 46-year-old.

Lithuanian President Edgars Rinkēvičs said on X: ‘Disturbing news about the attack against Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen tonight. Violence is completely unacceptable in a democratic society.’

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said she condemned ‘this despicable act which goes against everything we believe and fight for in Europe.’

The Prime Minister of Finland Petteri Orpo said he was ‘deeply shocked’ by the assault on her colleague and friend.

Dear @Statsmin Mette, I was so shocked at the news of you being assaulted tonight.

I condemn this despicable act which goes against everything we believe and fight for in Europe.

I wish you strength and courage – I know you have plenty of both.

— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) June 7, 2024

‘I strongly condemn any form of violence against democratically elected leaders in our free societies. My thoughts are with you, and I wish you strength during this difficult time,’ he added.

The Belarussian exiled political activist and former presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya ‘strongly’ condemned the incident and sent ‘my best wishes for her recovery.

Tsikhanouskaya, who leads opposition to Alexander Lukashenko’s rule in Belarussia from neighbouring Lithuania and Poland, said that ‘Acts of violence such as this are direct attacks on democracy itself.’

An eyewitness Søren Kjærgaard who was working at Kulbar on Friday, said he saw the PM sit down with a friend before her security personnel rushed to ‘get her up,’ according to Danish outlet BT.

A bar manager told the outlet she looked slightly shaken but there were no visible signs of a blow.


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