17 February 2015

Sea of love

By now, you have probably heard about the shootings in Copenhagen. On Saturday afternoon, an armed man tried to gain entrance to a public debate on free speech, attended by a Swedish cartoonist and the French ambassador. The shooter fired his automatic weapon in the foyer, killing an innocent bystander, film maker Finn Nørgaard, and wounding three police officers. He managed to escape, but reappeared later at the Copenhagen synagogue, where one civilian and two police officers stood guard over a Bar Mitzvah. The two officers were wounded and the civilian paid with his life, but they managed to keep the 80 guests inside, safe. Central Copenhagen was locked down, and the manhunt ended at 5AM, where he opened fire on the police, and was shot to death.

Any moron with a grudge can abuse the trust shown in him, by society. It is the healing process that takes effort. Like when Charlie Hebdo was attacked in Paris, we mourn, we talk, we comfort each other and try to make sense of it all. We remind each other how important it is, not to blame a large group of people for the actions of one disturbed man. We know how important it is to pull together now, across religious and political beliefs.

Interestingly, shootings as a tool to scare citizens, have proven ineffective. Danes are sad, but unafraid, and the response to these attacks has been an outpour of love and compassion.

Memorial site by Cph synagogue

Flowers for Dan Uzan, civilian guard of the Copenhagen synagogue.

Memorial site by Cph synagogue

Je suis Charlie

Thank you, Dan

Kære Dan. Du er vores helt! Du har ofret dit liv for at passe på os alle! Baruch Dayan HaEmet / 
Dear Dan, you are our hero. You sacrificed your life to keep us all safe! Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Muslims and jews refuses to be enemies

Muslimer og jøder nægter (at) være fjender / Muslims and jews refuse to be enemies

We will continue your fight

Vi kæmper videre for dig / We will keep up your fight.

The Dane

The Dane. Stop taking our loved ones away. #smallcitypeople

Memorial site by Cph synagogue

View from the public library.

Memorial site by Cph synagogue
A sea of love.

 

4 comments:

  1. We had a similar thing happen here in Canada, just before Christmas. It brings people together but, at the same time, takes away a sort of innocence/ naivité that we had, without realizing it. It has made me think very hard about "freedom of speech" and feel sad that a lot of people use it to consciously provoke others, without necessarily saying anything with it (ie: commentaries on newspaper websites... they kill me! Did they even freaking read the article before commenting!!). Free speech comes with a responsibility that I think we, too often, take for granted... People die/have died for it. We should use it wisely... and with respect.
    Sorry... a lot of thoughts with this topic xox
    Stay safe!

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    1. It's tricky because while it is important we discuss and fight for freedom of speech, it shouldn't serve as a justification for this kind of behavior. Accepting that as a premise, borders on blaming the victim: "what did we do, to deserve this."

      If you are unhappy about something, you find a constructive way to act on it, and make the change. We share this space with each other, and it is not about who screams the loudest. The two men who died in these attacks did so protecting others, I wish their sacrifices and lives were discussed and celebrated in the media to the same extent as that of the disturbed gunman. If we keep making it about him and his agenda, we reward his behavior.

      Thank you for leaving a comment on this difficult subject, Celena. : )

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    2. Thank you for raising it xox

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    3. Ha, judging from the overwhelming silence on the "heavy" posts, I suspect people would rather be without them. Oh well. Sometimes you have to let it out. : )

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