Denmark: Muslims honor Palestinian gunman shot dead in Copenhagen
Comment: COPENHAGEN – Monday Feb 16 3.42pm
Dozens of bouquets of flowers were left Monday at the site in Copenhagen where the suspected gunman behind two fatal shootings at the weekend was killed by police.
An AFP reporter saw several people laying flowers outside the building in the inner-city neighbourhood of Noerrebro where Omar El-Hussein was shot dead.
An elderly woman, who brought flowers but did not wish to be identified, said “the boy didn’t know what he was doing.”
Nicolaus Lambert, who also laid a bouquet at the site, told AFP he wanted to show “forgiveness.”
The scene attracted a small group of onlookers but many more passed by with only a quick glance at the mounting pile of blossoms.
“What [the gunman] did was wrong,” said one of the onlookers, Mohammed, who didn’t give his last name.
Others seemed less understanding.
“Flowers for a despicable coward on Svanevej. This is a photo no one wants to see. It shows that there is unfortunately an ‘us’ and ‘them’. The essential thing is then is who is ‘us’ and ‘them’. Time and discussion will show,” leading Venstre politician Søren Pind wrote on Facebook, posting a photo of the flower display.
A group of young men wearing hoods to partially cover their faces has removed flowers that were laid at the Copenhagen spot where the presumed gunman was killed by police.
The men can be seen in a video from TV2 News kicking the flowers and carrying them away.
One of the men told reporters that they removed the flowers because it is not a Muslim tradition to lay flowers for dead people.