This Saturday, Europe's eyes were on Denmark as it played host to the annual Eurovision Song Contest. On that very same day, Copenhagen Municipality gave a green light to the country's first official neo-Nazi demonstration since Word War II. Around 40 ultra far-right radical members of the Danish National Front set up shop outside the parliament building.
Sporting propaganda-banners and Danish flags, they hurried around preparing to give speeches. One skinhead had even brought his acoustic guitar along, but before he could strum a single chord, counter demonstrators rained on their parade. Riot police quickly formed a circle around the far-right protesters as the anti-fascists increased in numbers. Not long after 3PM, some 200 masked anti-fascists stormed the square and got to throwing bottles. The leader of the Danish National Socialist Movement, Esben Kristensen, pretty much had his ass handed to him before the police pulled out their truncheons and began forcing the demonstrators back.
In an effort to make sure the fascists didn’t get completely pummeled, riot police escorted them and sent them on their way to safety. This only meant the trouble was scattered into the streets of Copenhagen. While families and tourists stood by stunned, packs of masked anti-fascists ran around the city looking for bigots to beat up. All the while, the police tried to get the chaos under control.
By the end of the day, 13 anti-fascist rioters had been arrested for throwing bottles – one of who will most likely face prison time. Later that day, 21 right-wing radicals were arrested for public disturbance on a train leaving Copenhagen.
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