Norwegian Muslims form a human shield around a synagogue in Oslo, offering symbolic protection after an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark. Gavino Garay reports.
A human shield wraps around Oslo's synagogue, where more than 1,000 Muslims, young people, and Norwegians join together to offer symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community. They're showing inter-faith solidarity and condemning a deadly attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PARTICIPANT, LEIDULV GRIMSTAD, SAYING: "We are standing up for free religion. And I myself am a theological student and I want to be here to mark my solidarity for the Jewish, the Muslims for everyone to practice their religion." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PARTICIPANT, FATIMA DUGEN, SAYING: "I'm here to promote inter-faith between Jewish people and Muslim people and show everybody that we get along, we live in peace, and this is what being human is all about. Getting along and being at peace with one another." While Norway's Jewish population accounts for one of Europe's smallest, organizers of Saturday's human shield stand together nonetheless. The participants say they're in the fight against radicalization together, and that most Muslims stand up for the right to practice any religion.