It started yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Osterbro area of Copenhagen. There was a meeting with the title “Art, Blasphemi and freedom of speech”. One of the participants was a Swede called Lars Vilks. He was one of the cartoonists that drew Muhammad back in 2005.
At 4 o’clock an Arabic looking man arrived at the scene, pulled out an automatic weapon and started shooting through the foyer. Three police men was wounded and a 55 year old man, movie director Finn Nørgaard got killed.
The shooter fled in a stolen car, which was later found. He took a taxi home to Norrebro, another part of Copenhagen. Shortly after, at 4.30 pm, he left his home again.
Shortly after midnight another shooting took place. This time it was downtown Copenhagen, outside a Synagogue. The synagogue was guarded both by police and a Jewish guard. The guard got shot in the head, and the police men were wounded in arm and leg.
4am Sunday morning, the Jewish guard died from his injuries.
5am Sunday morning, a third shooting took place, this time in the Norrebro area. It’s the police who has looked for a specific man, who they believe were the shooter. When they implored him to stop, he opened fire. The police returned the fire and killed him.
I must admit that I am in shock! It has been ten years since the Danish newspaper Jyllandsposten printed the twelve drawings of Mohammad.
The many faces of Muhammad. Source: Wikipedia
I do understand that they don’t have freedom of speech everywhere. I also understand that it’s not a nice thing to insult others on purpose.
What I don’t understand is the reaction and the enormous consequences. This is not an eye for an eye. This is like “I hide your candy, you kill me for it”. Get real and get over it. It’s ten years ago, and seriously: Who holds their grudges for that long!? I know it wasn’t that bad to begin with. I know that it took quite a lot of convincing and twisting the truth to get a reaction in the first place.
Please don’t kill innocent people. It’s not right, no matter which god you believe in.