Man arrested after trying to halt EU convoy

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Police arrested a man outside the Oslo City Hall on Monday after he broke through barricades and tried to stop the convoy of around 20 cars carrying leaders of EU member governments. The government leaders were in Oslo to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

The man “behaved in a threatening manner and disturbed the peace,” Kjell Jan Kverme of the Oslo Police District, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “Therefore we restrained him.”

Kverme said the man, believed to be in his 30s, was arrested just after the convoy left City Hall, bound for a luncheon hosted by Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at Gamle Logen, behind the Akershus Fortress and Castle.

“He was held for disturbing the peace, and when we searched him we found a knive,” Kverme told NRK: He was then taken to a holding cell pending charges charges against him. He said the man has a history of prior arrests for similar disturbances.

Kverme claimed police “had control over the situation” and that security was tightened further around Gamle Logen. Oslo police have beefed up security all over town in connection with Peace Prize events in recent days.

newsinenglish.no staff