“Hatred cannot go unanswered,” the Norwegian prime minister said today Erna Solberg, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the double attack of the extreme right Anders Behring Breivik.
According to the Athenian Macedonian News Agency, on July 22, 2011, the then 32-year-old Breivik killed 77 innocent people, first detonating a bomb he had planted near the government headquarters in Oslo, and then opening fire on a Labor Youth camp on the small island of Utoya. These are the bloodiest attacks in Norway since the end of World War II.
“We can not leave hatred unanswered,” Solberg said at the first of a series of events marking the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.
Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison, a sentence that could be extended indefinitely.
The events, scheduled for today, began with a memorial service outside what was once the prime minister’s office, which was attended by Solberg, survivors and relatives of the victims, political leaders and the Crown Prince of Norway.
Outside the guarded area, passers-by stopped listening to the speeches, and some hugged while reading the names of the victims.
“It hurts to think about that dark day in July ten years ago. Today we mourn together. “Today we remember the 77 who never returned home,” said Solberg. “The terror of July 22 was an attack on our democracy.”
As part of the commemorative events, the bells in the calls of the whole country will ring for five minutes at 13.00 Greek time. There will also be a ceremony in Utoya, and the day will conclude with an event in Oslo where King Harald will also speak.