COPENHAGEN – Nine people were detained in overnight disturbances in the Danish capital Copenhagen after a protest marking the 10th anniversary of the eviction and demolishing of a squatter building turned violent, police said on Thursday.
Police started to clear “Ungdomshuset” (“the Youth House”) on March 1, 2007, while activists continued to occupy it.
Copenhagen police chief Thorkild Fogde denied accusations that officers guarding Wednesday’s march – commemorating the anniversary of the Ungdomshuset demolition – had aggravated the situation and said they had to intervene because some protesters began to throw objects at them.
ATMs and shops were attacked, according to authorities, and a raid on a youth cultural center in the north of the city led to the discovery of projectiles, cobblestones, and firecrackers.
Those arrested after Wednesday night’s disturbances – two of them minors – have been released, but faced charges of aggression against the security forces and public disorder following a peaceful protest attended by about 1,000 people in central Copenhagen.
Ungdomshuset was a historic youth building that rose to prominence during Denmark’s squatter movement.
The house became an alternative cultural and social center for youths until local authorities decided to sell it in 2000 to a private group.
Following a long legal battle, courts ruled the house be evicted, which was completed in March 2007.
The eviction and demolition of the building caused days of rioting and up to 1,000 arrests.