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OSLO, Norway – Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has expressed sympathy for a Mexican asylum seeker who briefly disturbed the awards ceremony by jumping onto the stage and waving his county's flag.
The Pakistani laureate said Thursday that his actions indicate "there are problems in Mexico."
Oslo police said the 21-year-old, who has applied for political asylum in Norway, was fined 15,000 kroner ($2,100) for disturbing the peace and sent back to an asylum center. He 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.
Malala, the survivor of a Taliban shooting attack, shared the Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi of India on Wednesday for risking their lives to protect children's rights.