Young Communist League of Denmark (1999)

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The Danish Communist Youth League (Danish: Danmarks Kommunistisk Ungdomsforbund or DKU) is a Danish political organization for young communist activists. Founded in 1999, the DKU is the youth branch of the Arbejderpartiet Kommunisterne (Workers' Communist Party of Denmark).[1] Headquarters are located in Amager where the DKU receives financial funding from the city of Copenhagen.[2] Branch offices are located in Aarhus, Randers and Odense.[3]


DKU was founded in 1999, taking the name of the old Communist Party of Denmark youth wing (that had been disbanded in 1990), with the stated goal of fighting for anti-imperialism, for anti-fascism and for improvement of working class youth.[4] In 2000, the DKU became the youth branch of the Arbejderpartiet Kommunisterne (Workers' Communist Party of Denmark).[4][5]

Troels Riis Larsen served as the group chairman from 1999 to 2005. In 2005, Larsen was replaced as Chairman by Cathrine Frederikke Pedersen, a 23-year-old anthropology student from Copenhagen University.[6]


In the 2000s, the DKU became associated with violent demonstrations in Denmark.[7] During the Ungdomshuset riots in 2007, the organization's president, Cathrine Frederikke Pedersen, advocated the use of firearms as a legitimate means for achieving political goals.[8] Pedersen said that except for WMDs, all violent actions were permitted.[3] The Danish Security Intelligence Service expressed concern about the DKU's radicalization.[8]

Despite criticism of the organization's advocacy for violence, the DKU received 50,234 Danish kroner in public grants from the city of Copenhagen in 2007. City managers said support could only be withdrawn if an organization was disbanded through a criminal court case.[2]


  1. Jakob Sorgenfri Kjær, "Voksne kommunister: Vold kan være nødvendigt", ("Adult Communists: Violence Can Be Necessary") Politiken, 12 June 2007
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jacob Kjaer Sorgenfri, "Københavns kommune støtter skydeklare kommunister ", ("Copenhagen municipality supports shooting-ready communists"), Politiken, 12 June 2007
  3. 3.0 3.1 Thomas Ambrosius, "Ungkommunister klar til at skyde", MetroXpress, 12 June 2007
  4. 4.0 4.1 "This camp will be a valuable contribution to the Danish and international struggle of the youth", Interview, Communist Youth League of Denmark, July 2006
  5. "Ungkommunisterne", Documentary, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, 10 December 2009
  6. "DKU's nye formand Cathrine Frederikke Pedersen", Worker's Communist Party of Denmark, 6th Congress, 2005, retrieved 28-12-2009
  7. Jacob Kjaer Sorgenfri, "Politikere kan ikke pille ved støtte til voldsforherligende foreninger ", "Politicians Cannot Support Violent Oraganisations", Politiken, 12 June 2007
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Ungkommunister klar til at skyde" ("Young Communists Ready to Shoot"), B.T., 11 June 2007

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