Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen assaulted in Copenhagen, man arrested

The assault comes two days before Danes head to the polls in the EU election; PM suffered light whiplash after assault

Updated - June 08, 2024 07:00 pm IST

Published - June 08, 2024 03:36 am IST - COPENHAGEN

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. File photo

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. File photo | Photo Credit: AP

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has suffered a light whiplash injury after she was assaulted by a man in central Copenhagen on Friday, her office said in a statement on Saturday.

“Apart from that, the Prime Minister is safe and sound, but she is shocked by the incident,” it said, adding that Frederiksen had been taken to hospital for a check-up following the incident late on Friday.

All the Prime Minister’s official events on Saturday have been cancelled, her office said.

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"Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was beaten on Friday evening at Kultorvet (square, red.) in Copenhagen by a man who was subsequently arrested. The Prime Minister is shocked by the incident," her office said in a statement without giving further detail.

Police said on social media platform X they had arrested a man and were investigating the incident but declined to give further detail.

"She seemed a little stressed," Soren Kjergaard, who works as a barista on the square, told Reuters after seeing the prime minister being escorted away by security following the assault.

The assault comes two days before Danes head to the polls in the EU election. Three weeks ago, Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico was seriously injured in an

Assassination attempt

Danish Minister of Environment Magnus Heunicke said on X: "Mette is naturally shocked by the attack. I must say that it shakes all of us who are close to her."

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