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Poet's Vollsmose event going forward despite police concerns
Poet Yahya Hassan will be speaking Tuesday in the troubled Odense suburb of Vollsmose after all.
The 18-year-old, whose collection of poems has set off a nationwide debate about immigration and Islam, had expressed his disappointment that the sold-out event was cancelled after police said they could not guarantee public order.
"Who is it that protects this freedom of speech we talk so much about? The library, the police, Politiken, the authorities, the council, ministers and politicians keep talking about freedom of speech and say that it matters above all else," Hassan told Politiken newspaper. "And yet they don't have the balls to go out to Vollsmose. It's a damned admission of failure. It's bullshit."
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