18/05/2016 09:54 BST | Updated 18/05/2016 10:29 BST

Muslim Woman Takes ‘Peace Selfie’ In Front Of Anti-Muslim Protesters

When party poopers turn up and try to turn a celebration sour there are a number of ways to react.

One might slink off into the shadows, or one might decide to quite literally grin and bear it – as this young woman did.

Zakia Belkhiri, 22, was at Antwerp’s third annual Muslim Expo during the weekend when around 40 members of Vlaams Belang, a far-right Belgian political party, gatecrashed the event.

Jurgen Augusteyns
Zakia Belkhiri decided to literally grin and bear it after members of Vlaams Belang turned up at the Muslim Expo in Antwerp 

They brought with them an array of signs bearing anti-Muslim slogans such as ‘no headscarves’, ‘no mosques’ and ‘stop Islam’.

In the face of such hostility, Zakia Belkhiri grabbed her cell phone and posed for a selfie in front of the protesters, while making a peace sign with her fingers.

The images, shot by Jurgen Augusteyns, went viral after they were published in Vice.

He told El Pais one of the Vlaams Belang demonstrators admonished Belkhiri and told her that according to Islam, it is forbidden to use a cellphone. 

"Zakia just laughed at her and told her she should properly learn about Islam before stating such nonsense," he recalled.  

Belkhiri has been applauded for her actions on Twitter, with users describing her as "fearless" and a "hero".