Photos of Copenhagen Vandalism

We took a walk down Strøget to see the damage done from Friday’s vandalism. Here is what we saw. Looked pretty well cleaned up in just two days. It’s still quite a shame that these historic buildings were damaged like this. But all in all, it could have been worse, I suppose. And apparently the police have since apologized for not handling the situation in the most optimal way, whatever that would have been. It’s hard to say with such circumstances. At least no one was hurt.

P.S. I forgot to mention the complete and utter misfortune to Danish people that have to pay for this damage through taxes. Oh, and the people whose vehicles were destroyed that have to pay co-pays through their insurance not to mention the hassle of getting their cars fixed and the residences and businesses that were effected. Don’t get me wrong, when I say no one was hurt, I meant physically. There was harm done that will likely have a longer effect on the local community, Copenhagners and visitors alike.

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“Love to you all”

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“Flower”

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“The city is ours”

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7 comments

  1. Hi Laura… you have a great blog. Shame about the vandalism, but you captured it well in your pix. I look fwd to following your blog about your experiences in DK. 🙂

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  2. Oh My God. That’s horrible. I have never been to Strøget in the last….ummm…few days…so I don’t know about all these grafittis….

    I wonder what’s going on in the mind of those people when they were doing this. Urgh.

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  3. Wow! I heard about this but had no idea it was this bad! Worse than I had imagined actually.

    We were in Stockholm last weekend and there was a youth demonstration there as well, with some police presence. No destruction though that I could see.

    This, the riots over the Ungdomhuset, and the grenade in Christiania make me wonder what kinds of growing pains CPH is going through. It seems to be primarily about commercialism and immigration — but as an ex-pat I only have about two cent’s worth of information to go on. And I should say, I frequently doubt the “it was the ‘bad’ immigrants’ fault” coverage in the local English press.

    I hope the city will be able to remove the paint from the historic building without much damage. The fact that CPH has maintained it’s pre-war buildings is a huge part of its charm.

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  4. Michelle · · Reply

    That was shockingly thorough destruction with graffiti. The love and flower graffiti is quite stark.

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  5. Looks like those individuals were rallying against capitalism. In comparison to the horrible and destructive nature of capitalism, this graffiti did little to harm anyone. It’s easy to write off something like this as being attributed to youth, as if that invalidates their disdain.

    Looking at the so called graffiti, I don’t see graffiti at all. I see a desire to take back spaces that were once ours, but now belong to entities who care little of people and there well being.

    Oh and michelle, I don’t think the flower and the love was stark at all. We’re so used to seeing graffiti as something destructive, not as an expression of individuals frustration and turmoil.

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  6. […] Apparently, this passes for Prayer in Denmark… Friday in Denmark was Great Prayer Day. Watch the celebration here, and then look at the photos here. […]

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  7. Yeah, The images given are really great, what I can do?

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