The government will put a third on top of the sentencing in cases where fireworks have been fired at people.
This is what Minister of Justice Nick Hækkerup (S) says to TV2.
On Tuesday, he launches three initiatives to put an end to attacks with fireworks and stone-throwing.
– I really hope that with this we say that if you do something like that, then you will come in to sit. It is a very, very important signal to get sent, he says to TV2.
Attacks with fireworks today typically result in 10-60 days in prison if targeted at ordinary people. If targeted at public servants, it typically costs between four and nine months in prison.
In the days around New Year 2019/20, according to TV2, the police registered approximately 250 serious cases in which fireworks were fired at people. This happened especially in Copenhagen.
In Nørrebro in Copenhagen, there were a number of episodes in December 2019, where fireworks were fired at random people on the street, buses, taxis and at the police and fire brigade.
– We have seen that there are simply some who are unsympathetic enough to shoot fireworks after those who have to help others. There is a need to say that those we have to take care of must also be taken care of, says Hækkerup.
If it is up to the government, the local police must in future also be better at identifying “troublemakers”. Here, the police must take a so-called concern conversation with the parents of the children and young people who they believe are at risk of committing crimes with fireworks.
The government has considered restrictions on the sale of fireworks, but Hækkerup notes that most Danes buy fireworks to use on New Year’s Eve.
According to TV2, the Ministry of Justice expects the initiatives to enter into force on 15 December.
Source: The Nordic Page