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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dozens Arrested in Denmark After Violent Eviction Protest

COPENHAGEN -- Dozens were arrested after angry protesters threw cobblestones at police Thursday, when an anti-terrorism squad started a disputed eviction of squatters from a downtown Copenhagen building, police said.

A German citizen was hospitalized after being hit in the head with an object, a hospital spokeswoman said. His condition was not serious.

The highly publicized eviction has drawn ire from the squatters and other young people, who for years considered the former theater free public housing.

Dozens of onlookers clashed with hundreds of police officers who took part in the eviction, which began shortly after 7 a.m. when a helicopter lowered members of Denmark's anti-terrorism police to the building's roof. Officers with anti-riot gear then sealed off the surrounding streets as police began bringing out squatters.

Police said at least 35 people had been arrested inside the house while dozens were detained outside for trying to cross police lines.

Police spokesman Per Larsen said foreign citizens were likely among those arrested, but had no details on nationalities.

"The morning action happened with military precision," Larsen said. "It went by the book."

It was unclear how many people were inside the house when the eviction began.

The eviction had been planned since last year, when two courts ordered the squatters to leave the house and hand it over to a Christian congregation that bought it six years ago.