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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Building Ignites Riots in Denmark

COPENHAGEN -- Hundreds detained following clashes with Copenhagen police have been released but may face charges in connection with the violence, authorities said Sunday.

Demonstrators fought with police Saturday after officers prevented a crowd of thousands from reaching a vacant building that they wanted to use for parties and concerts. The protesters set fires and tried to climb over squad cars blocking a road, prompting officers to fire tear gas, police said.

Officers arrested 437 people overnight, police spokesman Flemming Steen Munch said Sunday. No one was injured, he said.

Saturday's protest centered around the closure of the Youth House, a popular hangout for anarchists, punk rockers and left-wing groups that was torn down in March.

The city of Copenhagen had sold the Youth House to a Christian congregation six years ago, and evicted the squatters in March in order to hand the building over to its new owners, who later tore the building down.