By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMHALA, October 28: A Danish candidate in the local elections is said to have arrested the Chinese embassy for the alleged “theft” of ten election posters which he disseminated on Tuesday in front of the Chinese embassy near Copenhagen. Thomas Rohden, a supporter of Tibet, claimed that the embassy removed the posters shortly after he left the scene.
Candidate Rohden said he placed the posters on Sunday, but they were taken down hours later. He hung new posters of the Tibetan flag outside the embassy on Tuesday. “I saw people coming out of the embassy, creating a bit of noise about it,” Rohden told reporters. The Chinese critic said Reuters that the posters were intended to protest a 2012 partnership agreement between Danish health authorities and eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu. According to the report, public records show that the agreement is no longer active but has not yet been officially terminated.
Danish police confirmed on Monday that several election posters were stolen from the embassy street and added that they were investigating the “theft”. Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said he found the incident “worrying” and would await the decision taken by the police after a full investigation. “We must and will stand up for our values and principles,” Kofod said in a statement.
The Chinese embassy near the capital Copenhagen on Wednesday condemned the “deliberate provocation” of the Danish candidate to “interfere in the internal affairs of China”. “We express our deep indignation at this deliberate provocation on anti-Chinese posters outside the embassy,” he said in a statement. The embassy further accused the candidate of undermining his “sovereignty” under the pretext of an election campaign and “freedom of expression”.