Danish soldiers who will guard asylum centers are not allowed to carry arms
Soldiers who will assist the police of guarding asylum centres, may not carry arms, the Defence leadership has decided.
The Chief of Defence has decided that the 600 Danish soldiers who within five days notice will be ready to assist the police and deployed to handle a growing pressure of refugees and provide security at the reception centers for refugees and migrants must not carry weapons.
This is despite the recommendation by the Army commander in chief, Major General Hans-Christian Mathiesen, reports TV2.
The decision strikes at the center of the current political debate in Denmark, about whether soldiers should be put in and assist the police with surveillance duties on the streets of Copenhagen.
The Defence has since January trained a special task force of a total of 600 soldiers to help the police deal with the growing pressure of refugees, among other things, by guarding the reception centers, transport of refugees and migrants, and to ensure confinement of rejected refugees.
However, it has aroused frustration and concerns that the military leadership has banned the soldiers – when inserted – to carry weapons, despite that the National Police have estimated that the soldiers will assist with “engagement and use of force” against civilians (refugees)” and it is estimated that there will/could arise confrontations between military personnel and civilians (refugees).”
Major General Hans-Christian Mathiesen, writes in a note that the lack of weapons would “entail a risk that the soldiers can not react in time and proportional, and thus exposed to undue risk.”
Also Colonel Eigil Schjønning, head of the army
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