BY ARTHUR LYON-30:10:2019
Rasmus Paludan, the leader of Danish party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), had to be evacuated by police after immigrants attacked him with powerful firecrackers during a demonstration in the multicultural area of Tingbjerg.
Over the weekend, the leader of the hard-right party and Denmark’s chief critic of Islam and mass immigration had to be evacuated from the area just 20 minutes into the demonstration, Danish TV2 reports.
Paludan’s speech was interrupted after about fourteen minutes when migrants from the neighborhood began hurling large firecrackers at him.
The first firecracker is said to have been chucked from the roof of the building opposite to Paludan, while the second explosion went off in the immediate area of the party leader. The explosion was so violent that a window behind Paludan was shattered.
After the third explosion, police took action and rushed Paludan away from the area and ushered him into black BMW.
Although there was a heavy police presence at the demonstration, not one of the attackers has been arrested.
“We haven’t got hold of those who did it,” Leif Hansen of the Copenhagen police said.
This isn’t the first time the Paludan has been attacked for his demonstrations, which he says are done to shine a light on the police’s inability to uphold Denmark’s freedom of assembly and demonstration.
Paludan’s party, Stram Kurs, was established in 2017 and aims to create “a Denmark for Danes”. The party would like to see Islam banned in Denmark, the expulsion of all refugees, and the citizenship of non-European immigrants withdrawn.
In Denmark’s national election in 2019, Stram Kurs went from an obscure, fringe party to just narrowly missing the electoral threshold to enter parliament.
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