Tragedy strikes: Two police, one civilian shot @ Christiania, Cph

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Tragedy strikes: Two police, one civilian shot @ Christiania, Cph

Post by CopenhagenCouple » Thu 1st Sep 2016 07:56 am

Sad, sad day in Copenhagen as the city awakes to the terrible news of a shooting @ Christiania just before midnight that injure. utwo policemen and one civilian (reports say a tourist). One officer is he critical condition from a gunshot to the head, but luckily the civilian and other officer are reported to be recovery from shots in the legs.

Latest news is that police CT troops have shot and nd caught a suspect this morning...

The incident reportedly happened during a "routine police affair related to the cannabis trade".
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Re: Tragedy strikes: Two police, one civilian shot @ Christiania, Cph

Post by notsofasteddie » Fri 2nd Sep 2016 05:21 pm

Pissed-off Copenhagen residents just destroyed the city's 'hashish supermarket'


By Keegan Hamilton
September 2, 2016


Copenhagen residents used crowbars, power tools, and a bulldozer to demolish an infamous open-air drug market known as "Pusher Street" on Friday following a shooting that injured two police officers and a bystander.

Fed up with crime in the area, residents of Christiania, a semi-autonomous enclave in the Danish capital, tore down the makeshift wooden stalls where hash and weed dealers have been allowed to peddle their wares with impunity for decades.

The revolt was prompted by a shooting on Wednesday that left one police officer in critical condition and two others, including a second officer, injured. The gunman, Mesa Hodzic, a Danish national born in Bosnia, reportedly opened fire on the cops when they came to arrest him. He was later killed in a shootout with police south of Copenhagen.

The incident was the final straw for residents of Christiania, a community of about 600 that was founded by hippies in 1971. Hashish and marijuana are illegal in Denmark, but the area quickly became known for its tolerance of drugs. Criminals eventually supplanted the friendly locals as the main suppliers, however, leading to repeated attempts to raze what Copenhagen's police chief has called the city's "hashish supermarket."

Video Facebook footage from the neighborhood on Friday showed dozens of people teaming up to topple plywood booths adorned with paintings of Bob Marley's face and other stoner

"It is important that we do this today with the wounded police officer in our thoughts," community spokesman Risenga Manghezi told the AP. "But we cannot guarantee that they won't pop up again, unfortunately."

According to Danish news site The Local, the last concerted effort to clear out "Pusher Street" is what allowed gangs to cement their control over the drug trade. Authorities tried to flatten the area in 2004, but "hardened elements then moved in to fill the vacuum and the market was soon reestablished and larger than ever."

This time around, locals are asking Danes and tourists to help the cause by buying their weed somewhere else from now on.

"We can remove the [cannabis] stalls but we can't ensure that they don't come back. We need all of Denmark's help for that. If you support Christiania, stop buying your cannabis here," Manghezi said.


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Re: Tragedy strikes: Two police, one civilian shot @ Christiania, Cph

Post by CopenhagenCouple » Fri 2nd Sep 2016 07:25 pm

Thnx for the update eddy, sad day for all of us...
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Post by notsofasteddie » Sat 3rd Sep 2016 01:49 pm

Copenhagen cannabis market torn down after shooting


2 September 2016 Europe




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Residents removed stalls where cannabis has been sold

Residents in a semi-autonomous district of the Danish capital, Copenhagen, have destroyed market stalls where cannabis was sold, after a shooting incident there earlier this week.

The Christiania district, founded by squatters 45 years ago, is known for its colourful houses and cannabis trade and was a popular tourist attraction.

But residents fear the area has become infiltrated by organised crime.

On Wednesday, two police officers were shot there during an arrest operation.

One remains in critical condition after the attempt to arrest a known drug dealer. The other officer and a civilian injured in the incident are both stable.

The suspected gunman, said to be 25, was detained and died on Friday from injuries sustained in an exchange of fire before his arrest.

"If they start building up the booths again tonight, then well, we're here tonight as well. The plan is to continue tearing them down until it works," Christiania resident Helene Schou said.

"I'm not saying hash should disappear completely from Christiania, but we needed a kiosk and what we had was a supermarket."

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"We needed a kiosk and what we had was a supermarket," said one resident

Copenhagen police director Thorkild Fogde said: "This is not just about hash. It's about organised crime and violence. I hope that what we're seeing today is an attempt to actively help the police."

Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen tweeted: "Great Christiania. Hold on tight."

Denmark's Independent Police Complaints Authority is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the suspected gunman.

Police have said the man, named by local media as Mesa Hodzic, a Danish national born in Bosnia, had links to a radical Islamist group, Millatu Ibrahim, and sympathised with so-called Islamic State (IS).

But they said there was no evidence that extremism was behind the attack.

IS's self-styled news agency Amaq said an IS "soldier" had carried out the assault, "responding to [IS] calls to target countries of the alliance" against IS.

Although IS regularly claims to be behind such attacks, analysts say there is often no evidence initially to support those claims.


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Re: Tragedy strikes: Two police, one civilian shot @ Christiania, Cph

Post by CopenhagenCouple » Tue 6th Sep 2016 06:35 pm

The shooting and following days of chaos at Christiania among other things have now, paradoxically enough, reignited the debate on legalization in Denmark. Following the events the leader of the “Radical party” has stated that they are now for legalization (don’t let the name fool you, they are almost entirely, but not quite, unlike anything else that is normally considered radical).

This means that out of nine political parties in the parliament, five are now for legalization. Sadly three of the remaining four are the three biggest by a good margin so the majority is still against.

The mayor of Copenhagen has announced , however, that he will work hard for legalization during a trail period of three years covering the capital.
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