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PM-designate Modi condemns attack on Denmark PM Frederiksen, wishes her good health

Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi, Denmark PM Mette Frederiksen (Image Credit: Reuters)

Condemning the attack on Denmark PM Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi said that he is “deeply concerned” by the news of the attack. He wished good health to Frederiksen.

In a post on X, PM-designate Narendra Modi stated, “Deeply concerned by the news of the attack on Mette Frederiksen, Denmark’s Prime Minister. We condemn the attack. Wishing good health to my friend.”

PM Modi’s statement comes after Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was assaulted by a man in Copenhagen, according to a statement from her office to CNN.

“Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was hit by a man Friday evening on Kultorvet [public square] in Copenhagen. The man was subsequently arrested,” the prime minister’s office said.

In response to the distressing event, Frederiksen’s office said that she “is shocked by the incident”, while refraining from providing further details about any potential injuries suffered during the incident.

Denmark’s Minister of Environment Magnus Heunicke called for national unity in the wake of the assault and stressed the importance of collective responsibility in safeguarding one another, irrespective of “political disagreements, election campaigns.”

“Something like this must not happen in our beautiful, safe and free country,” he said on X.

“This is ugly and unacceptable. Let’s show that Denmark is much better,” he added.

Other world leaders have also reacted to the attack on Mette Frederiksen. Latvian Prime Minister Evika Silina said she was “deeply shocked” by the attack on Denmark PM.

“Deeply shocked by the outrageous attack on my colleague and friend, Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen,” Evika Silina said in a post on X.

“All our thoughts are with you and your loved ones. Wishing you a speedy recovery,” she added.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen condemned the attack, calling it a “despicable act, which goes against everything we believe in and fight for in Europe.”

She also wished strength and courage to Denmark’s PM, saying she has plenty of both, CNN reported.

The incident unfolded against the backdrop of Denmark’s upcoming participation in the European Union elections, adding an additional layer of significance to the event.

Frederiksen, a prominent figure in Denmark’s political landscape, has led the center-left Socialist Democratic party since 2019, assuming the role of prime minister.

The attack on Frederiksen comes amidst heightened concerns surrounding political violence, notably underscored by the recent assassination attempt on Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico.

According to CNN report, analysts and lawmakers have pointed to a growing sense of political polarisation across Europe, demonstrating an increasingly volatile climate within the continent’s political sphere.