Copenhagen, Krudttønden Cafe

“Art, blasphemy and the freedom of expression”

14 February 2015    Copenhagen, Denmark


Serridslevvej 2B Copenhagen, Denmark


CLOSED ON INDEFINITE PERIOD Culture Krudttønden on Serridslevvej 2 in Østerbro is closed for activities indefinitely because of a shooting incident Saturday.

Lars Vilks

Lars Vilks, Artist, Hero of the Free World


“We are looking for two perpetrators,” police spokesman Allan Wadsworth-Hansen told reporters.

“They fired on us from the outside. It was the same intention as Charlie Hebdo except they didn’t manage to get in” (WT) “Bullets went through the doors and everyone threw themselves to the floor. We managed to flee the room, and now we’re staying inside because it’s still dangerous. The attackers haven’t been caught and they could very well still be in the neighbourhood.”

“This was an occasion which took the police by surprise because this guy was better equipped than the police so he had an advantage,” Vilks said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “These handguns the police had were not very efficient in that firing.” Copenhagen Police spokesman Steen Hansen “We do not wish to comment on Lars Vilks’ statement.”

“They took me and threw me into a storage room together with the chairman,” he said, “and we were put under a table there, and we were guarded by policemen with drawn guns.” (CNN)

Inside the cafe, terrified audience members scrambled for cover. “They were hiding in corners and under tables and everything,” Vilks said. “They were just waiting (to see) who is going to open the door there and who will come in.”

(The Local) Two witnesses, speaking anonymously to Danish newspaper Politiken, have labelled police protection at a freedom of speech meeting hosted by the Lars Vilks Committee “enormously unserious”.

They claim two Danish police officers were having coffee with their backs turned towards the door at the building entrance when the gunman started shooting.

“Everything was very random and there was nothing to indicate that they viewed the event as high-risk,” one witness told Politiken.

The paper also reported that one witness said that that controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who is believed to have been the target of the attack, was spotted standing outside the cultural centre alone and unguarded despite the fact that he has lived under police protection since 2007.

Neither police nor Danish security service PET wished to comment on the claims, reports Politiken.

Dan Park

rediceradio (1hr)

According to Lars Vilks, Dan was attending the conference. “He was one of those who stayed seated at his table when the shooting started, while others were trying to hide under the tables.” (DK)

Multiple actors – lost in translation

Police commander Henrik Blandebjerg told local TV there were two assailants. The dead civilian man was 40 years old.

Later identified as Finn Norgaard, 55

this guy exists in the foggy ether …….and on IMDb

Francois Zimeray

Francois Zimeray: “They shot us from outside the building, it was the same intention as for Charlie Hebdo, except that they couldn’t get in” (AFP)

Helle Merete Brix

Helle Merete Brix: “they tried to shoot their way into the conference room … I saw one of them running by, wearing a mask. There was no way to tell his face.” (Reuters)“The security guards shouted ‘everyone get out’ and we were being pushed out of the room”

“They were in the lobby and if they hadn’t shot back, he could have shot his way through and something like Charlie Hebdo could have happened” (interview with ABC News’ Terry Moran) . “I was conducting the meeting,” she said. “I was talking about freedom of speech. We heard all this noise. The next thing that happened the security guys told everybody to run out as fast as you can.” The guards told them all to go into a storage room. Which is it Brix, out the exit or into storage?

(Spectator) … the Swedish security guards — because of course we always have a heavy set-up, people from Danish intelligence services, Swedish intelligence services and armed police. The Swedish security guard, he shouted “Everyone run to the back, as quickly as you can.” He also pushed Lars and me to the end of the doorway into a little storage room, locked the door and there we were under a table, Lars Vilks and I.’

A little later a policeman came in and we noticed a lot of blood running down his leg. He was a little confused. Lars and I realised that someone had been hit and we asked, “May we ask how serious this is?” The policeman answered that two security guards from the Danish intelligence service had been hit, a policeman, that it was not serious. But that there was someone else who was seriously hurt and he said, he didn’t look so good. … He had gone outside the building to make a phone call or get some fresh air and met the assassin on his way in. He was shot at close range.’

Helle says: ‘First you go after the cartoonists, second you go after the Jews.’

‘When they were allowed back into the main room, the police said they shouldn’t leave the venue. It was then that Helle noticed the slightly surreal sight of Agnieszka Kolek on the stage doing the Power Point presentation she had been due to give about the ‘Passion for Freedom’, an art exhibition she held in London last year. ‘Agnieszka got the idea: OK, we can’t leave the room so why not discuss freedom of speech?’

Niels Ivar Larsen

Niels Ivar Larsen, one of the speakers at the event, told the TV2 channel he heard someone shouting and firing automatic weapons. “Police returned the fire and I hid behind the bar. I felt surreal, like in a movie” (NYT)


Inna Shevchenko

Inna Shevchenko: “I knew Copenhagen attacks were coming” (IBT) It all happened behind the main door, so we couldn’t see it. But the journalist who was killed had been in the audience; just before the attack began he had gone outside to make a phone call. That was why he was killed.” “When I was invited to the event, the organizers said they thought something might happen”

Curtains – lost in in translation

Curator Agnieszka Kolek from Passion for Freedom Arts Festival scheduled on the Lars Vilks Committee

Agnieszka Kolek: “Curtains prevented participants from seeing their assailant but we heard him shout ‘Allahu akbar”


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