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A Mexican Protester Interrupted the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. Now His Mom Would Like a Word.

Mexican student Adan Cortes jumped onstage when the Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was collecting her Nobel peace prize. Screenshot from YouTube Video.

Mexican student Adan Cortes jumped onstage when the Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was collecting her Nobel peace prize. Screenshot from YouTube Video.

The mother of the Mexican protester who interrupted the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony has recorded a video saying she doesn't know the details of her son's legal situation in Oslo, and she chastised those would who hurry to discredit his protest act.

Adán Cortés, a 21-year-old political science student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, interrupted Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Cortés rushed the stage, carrying a Mexican flag, and managed to say, “Please, Malala. Mexico!” before police arrested him and removed him from the building.

The man's brother later posted on Facebook the mother's public appeal, writing, “Here is the video my mother wanted to share about my brother Adàn Cortés’ current situation. Please share. Thanks.” According to his brother, Cortés hoped to draw attention to the disappearance and presumed mass murder of 42 Ayotzinapa school students in Mexico.

John Fredriksen, spokesperson for the Oslo Police Department, told reporters that Adán “is interested in Mexico's current political situation and requested political asylum“, but it was confirmed that the application already has been denied before the Nobel incident and he will be deported

Cortés’ mother accuses Mexican journalist Joaquín López Dóriga of publishing juvenile images lifted from her son's social media pages in an attempt to turn public opinion against him.  

Only 17-years-old, Malala Yousafzai (the woman Cortés interrupted) is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize winner. She won this year's Peace Prize jointly with Indian children's rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi.

Cortés’ brother is updating his Facebook account with the latest information on his brother.

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