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Thousands rally to mark youth center eviction anniversary in Copenhagen

Thousands rally to mark youth center eviction anniversary in Copenhagen

Around 3,000 youths rallied in Copenhagen on Saturday to mark one year since the eviction of a youth house that led to a string of violent riots in the Danish capital.
Police said that aside from the arrests of two people who had attacked a plainclothes police officer, the rally had been calm.
"There were about 3,000 there," Copenhagen Police spokesman Flemming Steen Munch said, adding it had generally proceeded in "an excellent manner" as demonstrators, some of the black-clad and masked, converged at Copenhagen's city hall square to listen to speeches and concerts.
"We hope that this is it and that the demonstration was the purpose," Munch said, adding that concerts were later planned in Copenhagen's Christiania neighborhood _ a partially self-governing section of the city that is home to an alternative lifestyle community.
The rally, on the anniversary of the eviction of residents of the so-called Youth House _ a derelict building that had been used by squatters since the 1980s and was a popular center for leftist youths _ called for a new youth center.
The eviction and demolition of the youth house last year led to a series of clashes with police as thousands of angry youths from all over Europe gathered in the Danish capital to protest the decision. More than 800 people were arrested.


Updated : 2021-01-22 06:14 GMT+08:00