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Event with high-profile poet cancelled over safety concerns
The poet Yahya Hassan was assaulted Monday in Copenhagen, but that hasn't stopped him from wanting to take his message to the people. Specifically, the 18-year-old wants to speak directly to his peers in the immigrant community.
He had planned to entered the lion's den in Odense's troubled suburb of Vollsmose. But a sold-out reading and discussion there has now been cancelled by organisers after police on Funen determined that the threat against "public order" was too high.
Hassan, who now has to wear a bulletproof vest and receive protection from domestic intelligence agency PET at speaking engagements, criticised the decision to cancel the event as "an admission of failure".
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