Danish youths riot on seventh night

MWC News - 17 February 2008

Fifty six people have now been arrested after a seventh consecutive night of violence in immigrant neighbourhoods in Danish cities, police officials say. Thirteen people were arrested on suspicion of vandalising and torching schools, cars and garbage containers, with 93 small fires burning overnight, police said on Sunday. The previous day, police arrested groups of youths in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Ringsted, Slagelse and other cities. Michael Hoejer, deputy national police commissioner, said: "The bad [news] is that there's been a lot of vandalism; they've set fire to cars, garbage containers and in some cases buildings. "The good news is that we've made a lot of arrests." The spate of vandalism started last weekend and is believed to have intensified after Danish newspapers reproduced a cartoon of Muslims' Prophet Muhammad on Wednesday (...)