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Violent clashes continue in Copenhagen over squatter evictions

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Violent clashes continue in Copenhagen over squatter evictions


A further round of protests in the Danish capital Copenhagen has left one demonstrator injured, with over a hundred others arrested. What started out as a peaceful but illegal march, quickly deteriorated into violent clashes with riot police. The protests follow the eviction of squatters from a youth centre two days ago.

Most of the violence was concentrated in the area close to where the evictions took place. Activists have vowed to keep up the protests to win back control of the centre. The building was sold six years ago to a religious organisation but was occupied by squatters who quickly developed it into a place popular with punk rockers and political groups. The eviction has been planned since last year when a court ordered the premises to be handed over to the Christian group who’d bought it. The youths say this should not happen while they are still using it. More protests are planned for later today.

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