Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize and took to the stage in Oslo on Wednesday with a ear-splitting grin as she held up the prize.
But Malala's moment was suddenly interrupted by an unwelcome guest: a Mexican medical student carrying his country’s tricoloured flag.
The 17-year old Pakistani who was shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012, risked her life to fight for woman’s rights and child slavery in her country, was in for a rude shock.
The teenager looked confused as the man rushed on stage dressed inconspicuously in black pants, a gray jacket and a camera slung around his neck. Security were quick to react they escorted the unidentified man, quickly out of the building.
As the student was being escorted out by security guards, he shouted, "Viva Mexico!"
While the protestor’s motive is still unknown, a report in The Independent mentioned that he was trying to raise awareness for the 43 missing college students in the Mexican state of Guerrero. The unnamed student shook hands with Malala in Oslo’s Grand Hotel, telling her how much he admired her.
“Please, Malala ... Talk about Mexico,” the man was heard telling her, Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang reported.
Norwegian officials have released little information about the Mexican student and said he was seeking asylum in the Scandinavian country. However, he did not have a ticket to the Nobel Award ceremony. Police are now reviewing video surveillance to figure out how the man got into the heavily guarded ceremony.
“This person is now detained and we are now working to find out what has happened,” Unni Waterhouse, a spokesman for the Oslo Police told local media. “We will come back with further information as soon as it is completed.”
By honoring this year's winners Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has linked the peace award to conflicts between world religions and neighbouring nuclear powers India and Pakistan, as well as drawing attention to children's rights.
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Updated Date: Dec 11, 2014 10:24:19 IST