Man dis­rupts No­bel Peace Prize cer­e­mony


Po­lice apol­o­gised for fail­ing to pre­vent a man from dis­rupt­ing the No­bel Peace Prize cer­e­mony in Oslo af­ter he bran­dished a Mex­i­can flag near lau­re­ates and the Nor­we­gian royal fam­ily. “It’s a breach in se­cu­rity for which we apol­o­gise,” said Oslo Po­lice Depart­ment spokesper­son.

The man waved the flag in front of Pak­istan’s Malala Yousafzai and In­dia’s Kailash Sat­yarthi as the No­bel lau­re­ates re­ceived their prize to rap­tur­ous ap­plaus.

The in­ci­dent was taken es­pe­cially se­ri­ously be­cause child rights ac­tivist Malala, the tar­get of an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt in Oc­to­ber 2012 that she mirac­u­lously sur­vived, re­mains a tar­get for Is­lamist ex­trem­ists. Po­lice led the man out­side Oslo City Hall, where the cer­e­mony was be­ing held, and de­tained him.

Mem­bers of the Nor­we­gian royal fam­ily and sev­eral mem­bers of the gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter Erna Sol­berg, were within reach of the flag-car­ry­ing man.

Ac­cord­ing to Nor­we­gian Po­lice, the man ar­rived Novem­ber 26 in Nor­way and ap­plied for asy­lum soon af­ter. He was not armed and was moved to crash the cer­e­mony be­cause he is “con­cerned by the po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in Mex­ico.”

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