In a country that is staunchly protective of people's right to speak freely, it should come as little surprise that few questioned the benefit of spending a million kroner to provide police protection for Yahya Hassan during his poetry reading in the Vollsmose council estate this week.

And had the reading accomplished its stated goal of allowing Hassan to discuss his controversial poetry with the people it is about – Muslims, just like the 18-year-old himself – then the money might have been well spent.

But as it turned out, the majority of those attending were middle-class whites. Despite Hassan's good intentions, the image in the media quickly became one of police protecting a building filled mostly with whites from the threat of "terrorism" in the form of young Muslim men angered by what they feel are Hassan's insults against their religion and their culture.

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