As a result of a case filed against the Denmark police in Copenhagen by a bunch of Tibet activists for violently snatching away Tibetan National flags during a peaceful demonstration against Hu Jintao in 2012, the police are now compensating the activists with a DKK 20,000 in an acknowledgment that the incident was serious mistake by the police.
Copenhagen Police in a statement on Wednesday finally admitted that they had made “serious mistakes” by clamping down on peaceful demonstrations in favour of Tibet and Human Rights in China during a state visit to Denmark by President Hu Jintao in June 2012 and a visit by CPPCC Chairman Yu Zhengsheng in June 2013.
“In a democracy the police has to protect the fundamental rights of its citizens. We have to protect the freedom of expression of the citizens and secure the freedom of assembly. We have failed to do that in this case. We have made serious mistakes during the demonstrations as well as in the subsequent handling of the case. Therefore it is also important that we now have the possibility of compensating those who have been violated in this case. At the same time, it is important for me to point out that this case has also resulted in several initiatives by Copenhagen Police to ensure that similar mistakes in the future are avoided” The head of Copenhagen Police, Ms. Anne Tønnes said in the press release.
In this regard, six Tibet activists and two Falun Gong protesters who had filed court cases against the police for these violations are now offered compensations of DKK 20,000 ($3,320) each according to the report by the Tibet Support Group, Denmark on Friday which also explained that in three of these cases the compensations asked are double the amount.