By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 28: A Danish candidate in the local elections has reportedly called out the Chinese embassy for alleged “theft” of ten election posters that he put out outside the Chinese embassy near Copenhagen on Tuesday. Thomas Rohden, a Tibet supporter claimed that the embassy removed the posters shortly after he left the premises.
Candidate Rohden said he put up the posters on Sunday but they had been removed hours later. He hung new posters on Tuesday depicting the Tibetan flag outside the embassy. “I saw people coming out of the embassy, creating a bit of a fuss about it,” Rohden told the press. The China critic told Reuters that the posters were meant as a protest of a 2012 partnership accord between Danish health authorities and the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu. According to the report, public records show the deal is no longer active but is yet to be formally terminated.
Danish police confirmed on Monday that several election posters had been stolen on the embassy’s street and added that they were investigating the “theft”. Denmark’s Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said that he found the incident “worrying” and that he will wait for the decision made by the police after thorough investigation. “We must and will stand by our values and principles,” Kofod said in a statement.
The Chinese embassy near the capital of Copenhagen on Wednesday condemned the “deliberate provocation” by the Danish candidate to “interfere in China’s internal affair”. “We express our strong indignation at this deliberate provocation on Anti-China Posters in front of the Embassy,” it said in a statement. The embassy further accused the candidate of undermining its “sovereignty” under the pretext of election campaign and “freedom of speech”.