Saturday 18 November 2017

'Democracy' key to fightback -- PM

Ian MacDougall in Oslo

norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg vowed yesterday his countrymen will oppose the terror attacks with "more democracy" and promised an independent commission to investigate the massacre.

Police in Norway have also come under close scrutiny regarding their response to the bombing and shooting spree that together left at least 76 people dead -- in particular, how long it took them to reach the island.

The commission is important "to be able to clear up all questions about the attack in order to learn from what happened", including what worked well and what didn't, and to offer a full report to survivors and victims, Mr Stoltenberg said.

He also struck a defiant note yesterday, insisting that the brutal killings would not change Norway's tolerant way of life -- and would only encourage further openness. Norwegians will defend themselves by showing they are not afraid of violence and by participating more broadly in politics, he said.

Anders Behring Breivik, an ardent opponent of multiculturalism, has confessed to the attacks, saying he was trying to save the western world from Muslim colonisation.

Many in Oslo felt a new twinge of worry yesterday morning when parts of the capital's rail and bus complex were evacuated because of a suspicious abandoned suitcase. Police later said no explosives were found.

Thousands of flowers have been laid around the capital in mourning.

Irish Independent

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