'Breivik failed to change Norway'

2012-07-22 12:43

Oslo - Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who massacred 77 people a year ago, failed in his attempt to change Norwegian society.

"The bomb and bullets were aimed at changing Norway. The Norwegian people responded by embracing our values. The killer failed, the people won," Stoltenberg said at a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the massacre.

Exactly a year ago Breivik set off a bomb outside government buildings in Oslo, killing eight people, before going on a shooting rampage on nearby Utoeya island, where the ruling Labour Party's youth wing was hosting a summer camp.

He killed 69 people on the island, most of them teens, with the youngest having just celebrated her 14th birthday.

The extremist, now 33, said he carried out the attacks to protect his country against "the Muslim invasion" and said he had targeted the Labour Party for its immigration policies and support for a multicultural society.

The Labour prime minister, who was at his official residence and not in his office at the time of the attacks, kicked off Sunday's commemorations by laying a wreath near the spot where the bomb went off.

  • Gobsky.Raging.Bull - 2012-07-22 12:58

    One person's acts of terrorism should never change a country's society. Good on you Norway :).

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-22 17:47

    Takk så mye. Denne prøven har vi bestått. Men det har kostet utrolig mye.

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