Anti-Gay Attacks Rock World OutGames in Copenhagen

Jim Burroway

July 29th, 2009

According to the Copenhagen Post, a man was arrested for throwing two bombs at track and field event

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 participants at Østerbro Stadium. He managed to throw two bombs before police arrived on the scene and took him into custody.

One injury was reported. Dean Koga, 58, of the Seattle Frontrunners, was treated for shrapnel in his right hand. He returned to compete againt the following day. OutSports has more coverage:

The 55-59 age group was in the starting area in the men’s 4×200-meter relay about 2 p.m. when a loud explosion was heard. Rob Lyons, a member of the New York Frontrunners, was taking photos and standing just feet from the blast, and said that the race starter looked at his gun, thinking it had misfired. “My ears were totally ringing,” Lyons said.

After a brief delay and with everyone assuming the first blast was some one-off prank, the race was set to resume. That’s when a second bomb was tossed.

“It lit up the whole area” near the relay start, said Stephen Stuehling, a member of the Seattle Frontrunners, who was on the other side of the track warming up for his relay when the second bomb hit.

“The [bomb] container hit the ground and everyone yelled to run,” said Koga, who was in his running lane and then headed for the infield area. “That’s when I felt the impact” from the shrapnel that ricocheted off the ground and into the top part of his right hand.

OutSports reports that after police arrived, the attacker threw a third bomb that rolled under the van of a film crew. That’s when police were able to chase down and arrest the suspect.

This bomb-throwing attack follows an earlier hate crime incident during last Friday night’s opening ceremonies. Two men, aged 28 and 33, were arrested after attacking three visitors from England, Sweden and Norway. The three victims were treated at a hospital for their injuries and released.

JJQR

July 29th, 2009

Why are they hiding the identity of the man who was arrested?

Burr

July 29th, 2009

I guess 20 years of same-sex unions hasn’t purged all the psychopathic mental midgets in Denmark yet.

JJQR

July 29th, 2009

Unless, Burr, it’s one of the new immigrants who are the overwhelming culprits in homophobic assaults in Europe these days.

Joe in California

July 29th, 2009

Hate crime? WTF… That’s terrorism!
Throw the book at this one, throw him in jail and never let him out! Murderous menace to society.

Jason D

July 29th, 2009

Joe, I was thinking the same thing. Just what exactly does one need to do in order to cross the line into “terrorism”?? I would think setting off bombs at a public event would get you closer to the line if not over it.

ragarth

July 30th, 2009

This is horribly despicable. It’s a sorry thing to say, but I haven’t seen it stated on any news story I’ve read yet, but what is the suspect’s religion or ethnicity? The fact that nothing is being said leads me to think it was Christian. If he were atheist or Muslim it’d be stated within the first 3 lines.

Alex

July 30th, 2009

ragarth,

I’d like to know the attacker’s religion too. In fact, my first reaction was “I wonder if he’s a Christian.”

bob

July 30th, 2009

“Rob Lyons, a member of the New York Frontrunners, was taking photos and standing just feet from the blast, and said that the race starter looked at his gun, thinking it had misfired. “My ears were totally ringing,” Lyons said.”

powerful explosive??? terrorism???
sounds like an idiot with some fire crackers.

Jim Burroway

July 30th, 2009

Bob, those “fire crackers” left pieces of shrapnel in Dean Koga’s right hand. Where do you find firecrackers like that?

bob

July 30th, 2009

All I’m saying is there are too many inconsistencies in this story if indeed it was a powerful explosive.

1. A shrapnel bomb goes off next to this guys feet and all it does is makes his ears ring.
2. The same powerful explosive detonates by the starter and he thinks his starting pistol misfired.
3. Three bombs go off in a crowded outdoor stadium there is no panic and the only injury is this one person with shrapnel.

Could this incident have escalated to a panic situation where people got trampled?— yes.
Should this homophobic ________ go to jail?—yes.

With all the incidents of homophobic attacks both in this country and abroad do we really need to pump up a story like this?
What about the three men attacked the Friday before?

JJQR

July 31st, 2009

ragarth : You’re full of it. It’s everytime the homophobic attacker is Muslim (which is most of the time throughout Europe) that the press remains silent on that fact and won’t even post a picture. Good thing European gays aren’t that stupid and are beginning to realize the truth.

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