Protestors take to the streets

Anarchists braved pouring rain to show their disapproval of US foreign policy as President George Bush landed in Denmark. Police report only a few arrests

Protestors used President Bush's visit to demonstrate their displeasure with US foreign policy by marching through Copenhagen's streets Tuesday evening.

About 150 protestors dressed in black gathered at Christianshavns Torv and continued through the city with banners declaring 'Death to Imperialism. Death to Bush'.

Police deployed in full force and stepped in when protestors approached the US Embassy in the Østerbro neighbourhood, forcing protestors onto the sidewalk.

'We know that some of them wore masks during the demonstration. Our squad leader quite reasonably chose to allow them to continue as long as their masks were not used to cover-up illegal actions,' a spokesman from the Copenhagen Police told daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

The protest continued on to the Nørrebro neighbourhood where a figure of Bush was burned in effigy at St. Hans Torv.

Fælledparken was the site of an alternative protest titled, 'Happy Birthday, Mr. Bush'. Top names like Bikstok Røgsystem and Michael Simpson planned a birthday concert for the US president, but driving rain put a damper on things and sent the thousands of audience members scrambling for shelter.

Organiser Rasmus Meyer-Frederiksen hoped the concert would encourage Bush to put global hunger at the top of his agenda.

'We hope to show that we are many, and we hope that he will listen to us,' Meyer-Frederiksen told Jyllands-Posten.

More protests were scheduled for Wednesday evening at the US Embassy, Kongens Nytorv, and Christiania, even though President Bush left the country in the early afternoon.

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