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Explosive Devices Target Gays at Copenhagen World Outgames


There has been more violence following the opening night homophobic attack on three men at the World Outgames in Copenhagen. Three explosive devices have been detonated at various events, the Advocate reports: "Before the men’s 4x200 track relay in the afternoon, two bombs were thrown onto the track exploding instantly, according to a witness in an e-mail obtained by The Advocate. An Outgames athlete was taken to hospital with injuries to his right hand from flying shrapnels, He was later released from the hospital, and is expected to recover. Participants from the field were unharmed but a little shaken up. Less than an hour later, a second bomb was thrown in another stadium. Luckily, no one was injured, but track events were delayed for 90 minutes.

The Copenhagen Post reports: Koga "Copenhagen police have charged a 31-year-old man with committing a hate crime after he threw powerful explosives at participants in the city’s World Outgames event, public broadcaster DR has indicated in a report. A 31-year-old city man was arrested yesterday at St. Jakobs Church in Østerbro, where he allegedly threw the explosives at the games’ track and field participantsat Østerbro Stadium. He managed to throw two bombs before police arrived on the scene and took him into custody. It would be the second hate crime charge in less than a week in connection with the World Outgames in Copenhagen.

Outsports, which has a thorough description of events that took place at the track, talked to Dean Koga, a runner from the Seattle Frontrunners, who was injured during the attack. Said Koga (pictured): "The [bomb] container hit the ground and everyone yelled to run. That's when I felt the impact" from the shrapnel that ricocheted off the ground and into the top part of his right hand. I felt a sting and there was blood flowing down from the [relay] baton I was holding.

(images outsports)

A video from the Opening Ceremonies, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Nasty story but describing the attacks as using bombs or explosives is possibly too emotive.

    The danish media is reporting the use of kanonslag - a type of firework.

    Doesn´t make it any less repugnant, but bit less sensationlist.

    Posted by: Dave London | Jul 29, 2009 10:43:29 AM

  2. Now this news item, Outgames Copenhagen, is a little more important than news that some homophobic piece of shit thinks Twitter is gay.... this "Rock Kid" is just another crawling creature who has come out from under his rock ( bad pun intended). It's the other homophobic pieces of shit in Copenhagen who are dangerous......rock Kid is just an asshole.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 29, 2009 11:04:31 AM

  3. "Copenhagen police have charged a 31-year-old man with committing a hate crime after he threw powerful explosives at participants"

    Ugh. Can't they at least say that the guy was charged with attempted murder or assault or terrorism or something?

    Posted by: DaveO | Jul 29, 2009 1:03:08 PM

  4. Jackfkntwist (love the name by the way) you took the words out of my mouth!

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jul 29, 2009 1:36:44 PM

  5. In Europe the victim is always exposed and has their identity revealed and dragged through the mud while the suspect/perpertrator is never identified.

    That is what happens when extreme liberals do it their way and this rampant-liberal mentality dominate everything.

    Posted by: A different Andy | Jul 29, 2009 1:56:07 PM

  6. @adifferentlady; you know fuck all about how we do things in Europe. Victims and perpetrators are protected by anonymity if they are minors and if rape or sexual assault is involved the perpetrator is named provided the victim is an adult (who also remains anonymous). And I see you suffer from the American disease of thinking "liberal" a dirty word . Ha Ha. I'd prefer a liberal society than a torturer's society....or a DADT society....or a homophobic neurotic religious evangelical society, which is what the USA is. I will look for your correction to your assertion that "in Europe the victim is always exposed"......... And posting bullshit is stupid.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 29, 2009 2:48:07 PM

  7. Yeah, really, A Different Andy. Let's hear more about the perp. Such b.s. how they're kept so protected (as long as it's stressed that it's the "alleged" perp).

    Posted by: JT | Jul 29, 2009 2:50:26 PM

  8. Jack : Maybe an ideal society is not "liberal" or "torturer's", but somewhere in the middle. It doesn't have to be either extreme. Either extreme leads to disaster.

    Posted by: JT | Jul 29, 2009 2:53:12 PM

  9. Looks like I hit a nerve, huh JACKFKNTWIST? The truth hurts, doesn't it? Listen - we're trying to do you a favor on how to protect yourselves. When you continue to be gaybashed by Muslim thugs, don't be crying about it. Enjoy your life in Europe...or should I say "Eurabia"

    Posted by: A different Andy | Jul 29, 2009 3:16:30 PM

  10. A Different Andy : Whether or not this particular attacker is Muslim, the news that doesn't make Towleroad is shocking. The future of Europe is most definitely homophobic (murderously homophobic) Eurabia if nothing is done. Why oh why Europe has just surrendered to those people is beyond me.

    Posted by: JT | Jul 29, 2009 3:22:49 PM

  11. Have you all gone crazy ? The truth hurts ? wouldn't recognise the truth if it bit you. All European armies have serving gays....Europe is not homophobic, have you ever even been there ?......Btw, it wasn't Muslims who beat matthew Sheppard to wasn't Muslim thugs who subverted the constitution by warrant less wire tapping....or by writing fiction legal opinions for Chaney...or kidnapping victims to be tortured in foreign countries.....and when is the USA going to investigate the torturing to death of victims at Bagram ? And why arte Yoo and Bybee not in prison ? instead of being in cushy jobs got for them by influential Republicans ? Try your bile on Westboro Baptist Church, and see where it gets you, adifferentandy.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 29, 2009 3:35:29 PM

  12. Jack : None of that matters though. The plain facts are that violent attacks on gays by Muslims throughout all of Europe are increasing all the time. Europe will have a Muslim majority in....forty years? (The predictions vary). It will be the end of gay life in Europe. Matthew Shepard, or other non-Muslim criminals or victims, elsewhere have nothing to do with that. And only Peter Tatchell doesn't have this gay self-hating suicide wish and is willing to speak out on it.

    Posted by: JT | Jul 29, 2009 3:43:26 PM

  13. The definition of fascism is the promotion of the state above personal liberty. That is exactly what Bush/Chaney did for the last eight years. They meet the classic definition and The Patriot Act supports the propostion that the USA has become a fascist state.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 29, 2009 3:43:51 PM

  14. This is not the first time in European history that the issue of a Muslim majority has been raised. Last time they got as far as Vienna !And when they conquered all Spain (except for Asturias) they were thrown out of there Ferdinand and Isabella.... Gay right are increasing in Europe, we will never allow them be diminished by bigots from any religious persuasion ,Christian or Muslim .

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 29, 2009 3:49:47 PM

  15. Jack, I hope that gay rights will not be diminished in Europe.

    But Isabella and Ferdinand were tough and strong.

    The problem now is the Muslims have fervent religious beliefs and are stubborn and fearless. While secular Europeans have turned their back on the Catholic Church and Church of England, and are too busy getting drunk at football matches to realize what is going on around them. Sorry, but it is the truth.

    Are you British?

    Because I will tell you one thing - it would serve the British well to have a little more pride in their history, the British Empire, the Magna Carta, and the Church of England.

    I just hate to see your countries get walked all over by people who come there and think things should be done their way, you know what I mean?

    Frankly, I think you are going overboard with all this 'fascism" stuff. A little nationalism is good, and pride in your history and civilization and culture. I think your continent is still a little traumatized by World War II, so you get national pride confused with fascism.

    Posted by: A different Andy | Jul 29, 2009 4:12:39 PM

  16. @ adifferentandy ;"A little nationalism is good".....I agree ! I'm not British;I'm Irish....we've been fighting the British since 1169. We know a thing or two about nationalism. We also know that when you usurp your own laws there is no shelter from the wind that blows. Can't comment about WWII, we were not in that war. As you say we were walked all over by people who came here and thought things should be done their way (but not the Muslims, the British...see Poynings Law , on the way people had to have their hair, what the wore the language they spoke etc....) Many of us are acutely aware of what is going on around us...we will remain vigilant.....but isn't that what you failed to do in the last eight years while Yoo and Bybee wrote corrupt opinions for their masters ? Where were the questions? Where was your vigilance? You warn us of what is coming and fail to see the morass into which Chaney and his puppy have led you. You do not teach well, master.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 29, 2009 4:30:01 PM

  17. A Different Andy.

    I am British.

    You are talking complete and utter nonsense. Are you an american? Do you live in the UK? On what do you base your "opinions"?

    DO you know what % of the UK population is Muslim? Thought not. I'll tell you - 3%.

    People do not come to Britain and "walk all over us". If anything, National and European pride is growing. Please don't lecture us on national pride. I am proud to be British (and Welsh). We are not jingoistic. You underestimate the British; we are tolerant and believe in fair play, which is why we have anti-discrimination legislation to prevent GLBT people being sacked from their jobs for being GBLT. Unlike the US. I work for a govt organisation which was named among the top 50 UK employers by Stonewall. We sack people for being homophobic. Unlike the US. We treat gay people like human beings with a valuable contribution to make. Unlike the US; example; the US bleeds dry its GLBT military personnel; tells them to shut up, uses them as cannon fodder and then discards them like toilet paper without pensions when they are discovered to be gay. I hope you're proud of that.

    We are all "too busy getting drunk at football matches to realize what is going on around them. Sorry, but it is the truth".
    The truth? Quite a claim that. Arrogance and ignorance are two sides of the same coin and your arrogance clearly knows no bounds. The British are acutely aware of what is going on, especially the intelligence, military and police services. I know what work we are doing to hinder the terrorist threat. We don't scream and shout and launch headline grabbing "wars on terror". We are getting on with it behind the scenes. In fact, your apparent "concern" for europe with regard to its Islamic population is nothing less than rabid racism, as the use of word "eurabia" demonstrates.

    Oh and who committed the 9/11 attacks on the WTC? Ah, so the US is not under threat from Islam but Europe is? The families of those who perished might disagree with you there.

    Please, keep your ill-informed, arrogant "opinions" to yourself. Actually, try educating yourself for a change by reading Sam Harris' "The End of Faith" and wake up to the threat that the US poses to itself by its crippling and infantile obsession with religion and its failure to take seriously Islamic fundamentalism. Btw, Sam Harris

    Posted by: atheist | Jul 29, 2009 5:44:08 PM

  18. Btw, Sam Harris is American.

    Posted by: atheist | Jul 29, 2009 5:46:17 PM

  19. Dave in London wrote:
    "Nasty story but describing the attacks as using bombs or explosives is possibly too emotive."

    I'm the guy who wrote the story and was on scene and it's not emotive. The device was 9 inches with a lit fuse and could have easily taken out an eye or blown off a hand. And the guy throwing them had at least 10 he was ready to use. No one I talked to thought they were just fireworks.

    Posted by: Jim Buzinski | Jul 29, 2009 6:01:59 PM

  20. England and Ireland are not truly considered Europe. And all this talk of political philosophy is fine as an intellectual exercise, but it can't change the facts. Muslim attacks on gay Europeans increase, increase, increase.... The Muslim population will be the majority. Gay (Continental) Europe is in danger. It's just math. (Though in this case I'd be so so happy to be wrong, and not see the continent of my ancestors just.....wiped out).

    Posted by: JT | Jul 29, 2009 6:22:40 PM

  21. And i just took Bruce Bawer's new book Surrender out of the library today. If this had happened in the USA, networks would be apeshit, since "homegrown terrorists" have just been found working out in NCarolina.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jul 29, 2009 10:32:53 PM

  22. Well, there's no evidence that the attacker was a Muslim. It's certainly possible. It's just as possible that this could be an example of far right nationalist violence. Europe definitely has a strong fascist presence among the non-Muslim population (and among the Muslim population as well -- they are at odds with each other).

    There's a trend here of far right fascist violence, and it exists in Denmark as it does in Britain and Germany. Just recently several people in Berlin were horribly beaten by neo-Nazi thugs. It's becoming a very serious problem across the continent.

    Posted by: Xtabentun | Jul 29, 2009 11:45:24 PM

  23. @a different andy

    You write:

    "Frankly, I think you are going overboard with all this 'fascism' stuff. A little nationalism is good, and pride in your history and civilization and culture. I think your continent is still a little traumatized by World War II, so you get national pride confused with fascism."

    No! No! You don't make what is a necessary distinction. Nationalism is very bad. Patriotism, on the other hand, can be good. Nationalism is the idea that your country is better than other countries. Patriotism is the idea that there are good things about your country that are worth defending. The problem here is that the lack of European patriotism has allowed real nationalists and fascists to monopolize national symbols and icons. This is very dangerous.

    Patriotism can defuse nationalism. What Europeans have are significant numbers of honest-to-god fascists with too much nationalism, while the general public has lost its patriotism. Thus, fascists are able to represent themselves as defenders of the nation against the "barbaric Muslim hordes" or whatever.

    Posted by: Xtabentun | Jul 29, 2009 11:51:29 PM

  24. It was not a bomb! They were firecrackers that were thrown onto the track from outside the field.

    I´m covering the Outgames from Copenhagen here:

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 30, 2009 7:12:10 AM

  25. It was a dangerous and illegal kind of fireworks. He threw one, and was caught with four more. Homophobic lowlifes are every where. But I would much rather live here in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I am able to walk hand in hand, or even kiss in public, with only a very few even raising an eyebrow. 82% of Danes would not have any problem, if our Crownprince was gay, and lived with his partner. We were the very first country in the world to instate registered partnership, more than 20 years ago now. When/if some politician, or who ever start talking crap about homosexuality, all media will be all over them with ridicule. It amazes me how much you all know about Denmark and the rest of Europe. Not! "too busy getting drunk at football matches to realize what is going on around them. Sorry, but it is the truth"... Really? You are clueless. And Muslims only represent a small %, and there are more and more of them speaking out against homophobia. We are moving forward in Europe, far more than America, where it seems you are taking steps in the opposite direction on a daily basis. Fight your own battles there. We will be just fine, thank you.

    Posted by: TheNiebur | Jul 30, 2009 7:37:14 AM

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