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Powerful act of defiance as thousands join LGBT march after attack in Oslo
two people were killed in a mass shooting outside a gay bar.The demonstrators defied requests from Norwegian police to cancel the event amid fears for a reprise attack.They held up signs saying ‘you can’t cancel us’ and ‘sexual freedom’ to remind the capital city that Pride is not a party but a protest.More than 20 people were wounded in the early hours of Saturday morning after a gunman opened fire in Oslo’s nightlife district, in what was described as an ‘Islamist terror act’.Witnesses said the attacker took out a gun from his bag and started firing at three venues.‘First I thought it was an air gun,’ journalist Olav Roenneberg said.To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video‘Then the glass of the bar next door was shattered and I understood I had to run for cover.’Zaniar Matapour was arrested minutes after the shooting and held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorism.The 43-year-old Norwegian citizen, who is originally from Iran, has not offered any explanation to detectives. Prosecutor Ingvild Myrold said they had ‘many hypotheses’ regarding a motive although police have unsuccessfully tried to question the suspect for three days.‘We take a closer look at his mental health, his political motives and background and possibly who else he may have had contact with before this happened,’ she told the Associated Press.
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