COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish artist Lars Vilks, the main speaker at a seminar in Copenhagen targeted by a gunman a month ago, has received a freedom of speech prize.
Denmark's Free Press Society said Vilks received its annual award on Saturday for his "staunch fearlessness."
The 68-year-old has received numerous threats for drawing the Prophet
Muhammad with a dog's body in 2007 and was likely the intended target
of the Feb. 14 attack by Omar El-Hussein.
El-Hussein killed a bystander outside the building housing the
seminar before spraying the entrance with 27 bullets, wounding three
police officers. Hours later, he fatally shot a Jewish guard outside
Copenhagen's main synagogue.
Separately Saturday, thousands of people formed a human ring outside
Copenhagen's synagogue in a sign of solidarity with Denmark's small