Denmark’s prime minister Mette Frederiksen attacked in central Copenhagen | World News

Denmark’s prime minister Mette Frederiksen has beaten in an open street in central Copenhagen, her office has said.

Their statement read: “Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was beaten on Friday evening at Kultorvet in Copenhagen by a man who was subsequently arrested. The Prime Minister is shocked by the incident.”

Kultorvet square is a pedestrianised area in the city’s Old Town.

It is unclear if the PM has been left injured by the attack. A barista working in the square said she saw Ms Frederiksen seeming “stressed” as she was escorted away by security following the assault.

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

Sweden’s prime minister Ulf Kristersson has also addressed the incident. He wrote: “For me, Mette is a very good colleague and wise partner.

“An attack on a democratically elected leader is also an attack on our democracy.”

The attack comes two days before Danes head to the polls to vote in the EU elections and Ms Frederiksen has been on the campaign trail in recent weeks.

On Thursday, she joined other world leaders in Normandy, France, to commemorate 80 years since the D-Day landings.

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