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Suspect held after arson attack on Copenhagen mosque

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Danish police said Sunday they had arrested a man on suspicion of torching a mosque in Copenhagen earlier in the day.

“At 11:31 am (0931 GMT), the police were informed that a man had started a fire by throwing a flammable liquid … at the Muslim centre,” a police statement said.

The fire, which caused only superficial damage to the outside of the building, was quickly contained, police said.

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The suspect, who was born in 1980, will appear in court on Monday.

The religious association whose members worship at the mosque, denounced the fire as “an act of terrorism” on its website.

This act “was likely the result of political and religious motives… As tragic at it is, it unfortunately does not surprise us,” the centre said.

Since February, when a young Dane of Palestinian origin shot dead a filmmaker and an unarmed Jewish security guard outside a synagogue, Denmark’s Muslim community has feared being viewed with suspicion.

Out of Denmark’s population of 5.7 million, nine percent are foreign-born, of whom some 296,000 originate from “non-Western” countries, official statistics show.

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In June, the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party became Denmark’s second largest party, securing 21.1 percent of the vote, its highest score ever.


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Voting rights advocates on Thursday took aim at Republicans in Congress for remaining silent in the face of President Donald Trump's open admission that he is blocking funding for the U.S. Postal Service with the express purpose of stopping an expansion of mail-in ballot access ahead of the November elections.

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"My kids are Christian they are not subject to wearing masks,” the woman, identified as Heidi Anderson, said at an Elmbrook Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

"Six-foot distance and masks are pagan rituals of satanic worshipers," Anderson said. "Absorb that in. 6 feet. Where does 6 feet come from, people? Why is not 3? Why is it not 5? Why is it not 10? Why is it not 30? Why is it 6?"

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