Monday 27 January 2020

Video: Norway comes together in song of solidarity against Breivik

People lay flowers near the courthouse in Oslo,
Norway, yesterday where Anders Behring
Breivik is on trial
People lay flowers near the courthouse in Oslo, Norway, yesterday where Anders Behring Breivik is on trial
Some 40,000 people stand in drizzling rain in Youngstorget square, Oslo, Norway Thursday April 26, 2012 to participate in the singing of 'Barn av Regnbuen' (Children of the Rainbow). Photo: AP

Balazs Koranyi and Victoria Klesty

Up to 40,000 Norwegians staged an emotionally charged singalong in Oslo yesterday, near the court house where Anders Behring Breivik is on trial for the murder of 77 people, in a protest organisers said showed he had not broken their tolerant society.

"It's we who win," said folk singer Lillebjoern Nilsen as he led the mass singalong and watched the crowd sway gently in the rain. Many held roses above their heads, and some wept.

The protest followed several days of defiant testimony from Breivik, who has admitted he killed his victims in an attack on Norway's multicultural society, but denied criminal guilt, saying he did so in self-defence.

The crowd chose to sing 'Children of the Rainbow' -- a song that extols the type of multicultural society Breivik has said he despised and one that he specifically dismissed during the trial as Marxist propaganda.

Irish Independent

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