Danish PM Mette Frederiksen attacked in Copenhagen, man arrested

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Danish PM Mette Frederiksen attacked in Copenhagen, man arrested

EU leaders swiftly denounced the individual who allegedly "hit" Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen on Friday in a Copenhagen square, according to her office. Frederiksen was "shocked by the incident," the Danish prime minister's office said in a statement to AFP, although it did not elaborate.

"in Friday night in Copenhagen's Kultorvet, a man struck Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. The statement added that the individual was later taken into custody. Prior to this week's EU elections, there have been numerous attacks in Germany on politicians from all party stripes, either at their places of employment or while they were out campaigning.

In the central town of Handlova on May 15, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot four times at close range while greeting supporters following a government meeting. After the shooting, Fico, who had escaped the assassination attempt, was brought to a hospital in a nearby city and had two extensive surgeries.

Just about 6:00 p.m. (1600 GMT), two witnesses, Marie Adrian and Anna Ravn, informed the newspaper BT that they had witnessed Frederiksen arrive at the square as they were seated by a neighboring fountain.

The two ladies informed the newspaper that "a man came by in the opposite direction and gave her a hard shove on the shoulder, causing her to fall to the side." Despite the "strong push," they claimed, Frederiksen did not come to rest. The prime minister then proceeded to sit at a neighboring cafe, according to the witnesses. "We are currently looking into the situation, and we have one guy arrested. We don't now have any more thoughts or views on the case, the police stated in a statement on X.

In a social media post, Danish Environment Minister Magnus Heunicke said, "I must say that it shakes all of us who are close to her." "Something like this must not happen in our beautiful, safe and free country," stated the president.