Monday, August 22, 2011

Norway remembers 77 terror victims with words, music

Norwegian PM calls for embracing ‘openness, tolerance’ one month after Islamphobic ‘Crusade’ massacre. 

Middle East Online, Aug. 22, 2011

By Pierre-Henry Deshayes – Oslo

A display of unity

Norway held an emotional commemoration Sunday for the 77 victims of last month’s twin attacks with survivors, relatives, royals and pop stars all remembering the country’s worst peacetime bloodshed.

Some 6,700 people gathered in the Spektrum concert hall in Oslo in a display of unity, almost exactly a month after Anders Behring Breivik bombed the government quarter in the capital before mowing down participants at an island youth camp.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg urged Norwegians to help the victims’ relatives and stand by the very ideals of democracy and openness that the far-right extremist 32-year-old self-confessed killer sought to shatter.

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