For 15 Years, the Peace Watch has had its eyes peeled

By Ann Marion


The Copenhagen group Fredsvagten has been advocating for peace since September 11, 2001.


After the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, a group of volunteers has anchored themselves outside Christiansborg Palace. Often serving as glorified tour guides, happy to assist the confused traveller, their true purpose is to advocate for peace on all fronts.

They haven’t had a shortage of topics to fill their posters: Aleppo, feminism, gay rights, and world famine.

“All war creates refugees,” said Peter, an older gentlemen wearing a “pussy hat” in solidarity of the recent women’s marches around the world. Peter was almost a refugee himself, moving to Denmark from Nuremberg in 1934.

Peter, a protester with the group Peace Watch, wears a pink pussy cap in solidarity with women’s rights worldwide.


“Some politicians still don’t consider me a Dane,” he says. But after 84 years, many of them spent on the streets of Copenhagen distributing anti-war literature to passersby, Peter considers himself quite Danish.


A Dwight Eisenhower quote rests against a tree outside Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen.