Rasmus Paludan (below right), founder of the Islam-critical Stram Kurs (Hard Line) party, has uploaded a YouTube video of the attack in Dortheavej, Copenhagen, Danish national newspaper Berlingske reports.
Voice of Europe Paludan, a lawyer and politician, said he was monitoring whether or not the Islamic Centre was complying with the China Virus-related ban on public assembly.
The attacker was recorded driving to the mosque, parking, then stepping out of the car and heading straight toward Paludan where he took a swing at him, but was soon wrestled to the ground by two men before being handcuffed and pepper-sprayed.
Rasmus Paludan is already known for his political party’s provocative demonstrations often in areas with large numbers of Muslim immigrants. In June 2019, a Syrian Muslim migrant was deported for throwing a rock at Paludan during one of his demonstrations.
Al-Jazeera Paludan has been attacked several times for his demonstrations, which he says are done to shine a light on the police’s inability to uphold Denmark’s freedom of assembly and demonstration.
Since founding his party in July 2017, conservative politician Rasmus Paludan, a Danish lawyer, has risen to virtual stardom for his Quran-burning demonstrations in Muslim-majority neighbourhoods – stunts which have been triggering counterprotests.
Paludan tells his supporters that Denmark is for “ethnic Danes”, that he wants to deport the country’s more than 300,000 Muslims and ban Islam, as he warns that “civil war is coming“.
On April 1, 2019, Paluda held a “Quran-throwing” demonstration in the heart of Blagards Plads, an area home to many Muslims. He threw the Quran into the air, letting it fall to the ground. On other occasions, he has set Islam’s holy book on fire and smeared it with bacon.
In Norrebro that day, dozens of Muslim residents protested against him by burning cars, tires and waste containers in the streets, one person was wounded and 23 were arrested.
Paludan’s fame surged after the incident and, in a short time, he managed to gather the support needed to run in the election.
“We have seen a process of normalisation in the negative discourse about Muslims since 2001. There is a focus on Islam, even among mainstream politicians, as being something negative and non-Danish.
You can blame these attacks on Paludan on the far-left Danish media for slandering Stram Kurs Party Leader Rasmus Paludan as “having Nazi ties” because of his nationalistic, anti-Islam views.
Paludan has called for hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Denmark to be deported and for Islam to be banned there.