Malala Stands With Mexican Nobel Crasher

Says she wasn't afraid, 'there are problems in Mexico'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 11, 2014 1:01 PM CST

(Newser) – Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai today expressed sympathy for a Mexican asylum seeker who jumped onto the stage during the award ceremony yesterday in Oslo, and said the incident didn't frighten her. The 17-year-old laureate from Pakistan said young people the world over face problems. "As (he) was from Mexico, so there are problems in Mexico," she said after meeting Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. "There are problems even in America, even here in Norway, and it is really important that children raise their voices." Oslo police said the flag-waving 21-year-old, who has applied for political asylum in Norway, was fined $2,100 for disturbing the peace and sent back to an asylum center.

Malala told reporters she was not afraid when the intruder stepped out in front of her and co-winner Kailash Satyarthi as they were holding up their award certificates and medals in front of hundreds of guests, including Norwegian royalty and politicians. "If I don't get scared at anything else why would I get scared of this," she said, laughing. "There was nothing to be scared of." The man was quickly whisked away by a security guard but police were unable to explain how he had managed to enter Oslo City Hall without an invitation amid tight security. Police said they did not know the motive of the intruder, identified to the AP as Adan Cortes Salas by his brother in Mexico. (Read more Malala Yousafzai stories.)

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