Thousands of defiant Danes attend candle-lit vigil in honour of two men shot by terrorist

Tens of thousands of Danes gathered at memorials around the country on Monday, commemorating victims of deadly attacks on a synagogue and an event promoting free speech that shocked a nation proud of its record of safety and openness.

A torch-lit manifestation in Copenhagen this evening attracted a large crowd, including Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and political leaders from fellow Nordic countries.

Singing John Lennon’s Imagine, defiant Danes promised to uphold their trademark open society and showed solidarity with the country’s Muslim minority after the gunman was identified as 22-year-old with Palestinian roots and a passion for Islamist issues.