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Demolition squads rip down "Youth House" in Copenhagen

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Demolition squads rip down "Youth House" in Copenhagen

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Demolition crews have moved in to tear down the disputed youth centre at the heart of the recent street violence in Copenhagen. The “Youth House”, as it was known, had for years served as a cultural centre for anarchists, punks and left-wing groups. Crowds gathered to pay their last respects as the graffiti daubed four story building bit the dust.

Police arrested more than 600 people during street clashes that began last Thursday. The authorities say those detained included Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, Italians, Irish, British and Spaniards. The eviction of the building had been planned since last year, when courts ordered the squatters to hand the building over to a Christian congregation that bought it six years ago. The clashes were the worst in the Danish Capital since 1993, when police fired into a crowd of people protesting the outcome of a European Union referendum ten protestors were injured.