2 men arrested for vandalism of more than 80 gravestones at Jewish cemetery in Denmark


(JTA) — Two men have been arrested in connection with the vandalism of more than 80 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Denmark.

The men arrested by the East Jutland Police are suspected of vandalism, and also could be charged under Denmark’s anti-racism laws, The Local-Denmark reported.

The suspects are 27 and 38, The Associated Press reported. The older man is a member of a neo-Nazi group, according to the report.

The damage at the Ostre Kirkegard Cemetery in the town of Randers, in western Denmark, was reported on Saturday, though it is not known when the vandalism took place. Green paint was thrown on the headstones and did not form any words or symbols. Some headstones were overturned.

Burials in the cemetery date back to the early 19th century.

Police spokesman Klaus Arboe Rasmussen said the motive was to target “a particular group of the population based on their religion,” according to AP.

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