A dietary conflict at Ringerike Prison has provoked inmates to convert to Islam.
Several prisoners have demonstrated their sympathies with Muslim inmates by religious conversion after authorities refused to supply halal meat during Ramadan, NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) reports.
An anonymous inmate told NRK that the support of fellow prisoners was appreciated, but others had expressed a desire that the conversions could have occurred due to the message of Islam rather than as a protest.
The protest began when prison officials refused to supply meat slaughtered according to Islamic law during Ramadan, the Muslim month of daily fasting.
Last year the Muslim prisoners received halal meat, but this year it was deemed too large an expense.
Source: Aftenposten (English)