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WorldDenmark’s Prime Minister Is Attacked in Copenhagen Square

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of Denmark was attacked on Friday evening in a busy square in Copenhagen in an assault that left her “shaken,” her office said, though she was able to walk away. The police said they had made an arrest.

“We have a suspect in custody, and we are now investigating the matter,” the Copenhagen Police said on Friday. The motive for the attack is unclear. The suspect, whom the police on Saturday described as a 39-year-old man, is expected to appear in court on Saturday afternoon.

The prime minister’s office released a statement after the attack saying she had been “beaten,” several news outlets reported, but it was unclear what injuries she had sustained. On Saturday, her office said she had been taken to a hospital and had sustained “minor whiplash,” but was in otherwise good condition.

Several Danish politicians expressed their concern over the episode.

“Mette is naturally shocked by the assault,” Magnus Heunicke, Denmark’s environment minister, wrote on X. “I must say, it shakes all of us who are close to her.”

Ms. Frederiksen, 46, has been prime minister since 2019. She leads the center-left Social Democrats.

The attack came just days before Danes will vote in the European Union elections.

The assault also resonated beyond Denmark’s borders, with the prime ministers of Finland and Sweden sending their support. It happened not even a month after Prime Minister Robert Fico of Slovakia was shot and badly wounded in an assassination attempt that he survived.

Ms. Frederiksen was in Normandy on Thursday and gave a speech during commemorations for the 80th anniversary of D-Day. She honored the sacrifices of Danish soldiers and extolled the virtues of freedom, saying: “Freedom is not a legacy. Freedom is a fight, a battle, a struggle. Every day. Every hour. Right now.”

Kaly Soto contributed reporting.


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