Denmark: Politicians attacked

late-night attack on the home of a local politician raises concerns that public officials are increasingly finding themselves the target of intimidation Elected officials fear that a culture of political violence is emerging in Denmark after a firebomb was thrown at the home of a councillor in the city of Korsør in western Zealand on Monday night.

The bomb missed its target, and Fritz Neumann, a member of the Danish People's Party, and his family escaped unharmed, but police say the attack is just the latest in a string of similar incidents.

Six other city council members in Korsør have received written and electronic threats signed 'Allah is great' and 'Al Qaeda-network' in the past three months. Police believe they were related and could have to do with a rejected application for asylum.

The latest bombing renewed concerns that Denmark's relaxed politicial culture made politicians particularly vulnerable to attacks.

Source: Jyllands Posten (English)

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