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Norwegians In Anti-Breivik Song Protest
Tens of thousands of people have protested in Norway against the anti-immigration views of Anders Behring Breivik, as they sang a peace song derided by the mass killer.
A crowd of around 40,000 in the capital Oslo chose 'Children of the Rainbow' which celebrates the type of multi-cultural society Breivik has said he despised and one he dismissed during his trial as Marxist propaganda.
Thousands of Norwegians also held similar musical demonstrations in squares across the country.
Breivik mentioned the tune as an example of how he believes "cultural Marxists" have infiltrated its schools and weakened its society. He claimed the song had been used to brainwash the country's youth into supporting immigration.
Breivik has admitted carrying out twin attacks on July 22 last year - including a bomb he planted outside government offices in the capital which killed eight people.
The other atrocity was a shooting rampage at the ruling Labour Party's annual youth camp on Utoya island that left 69 others dead, mostly teenagers.
He said he was targeting the party because he claims it has betrayed the country by opening its borders to Muslim immigrants.
But he has denied criminal guilt, saying he did so in defence of Norwegian ethnic purity.
After singing, people in Oslo then walked along several streets to the court where Breivik is on trial, close to the site of the bombing.
Most left roses, a symbol of the Labour Party, on the security fence around the building.
The musical protest came on the ninth day of Breivik's trial, where survivors of the two attacks began giving evidence.
They included a young woman nicknamed "miracle girl" who described how she had survived the bombing of the government offices against all the odds.
Anne Helene Lund, 24, said she had been working at a reception desk when Breivik parked a big white van outside and lit a seven-minute bomb fuse.
She was just seven metres (23ft) from the explosion, and afterwards was in a coma for a month. When she woke up she had lost her memory, and could not even remember the names of her parents.
Ms Lund suffered head and brain injuries, her legs and thighs were crushed, she had lots of cuts and still has glass shards stuck in her body.
She told the court: "The head injury I got caused me to fall into a coma, and as a consequence I don't remember anything from that day, and very little from 2011."
Her father Jan Henrik Lund said: "She was labelled 'miracle girl' because the doctors said it was almost impossible to survive something like this."
Breivik's mental state is the key issue of the trial.
Two of the four official forensic psychiatrists have declared him criminally insane while the others say he is of sound mind, but with a narcissist character.
If found guilty and sane, he would face 21 years in prison. He could be held longer if deemed a danger to society.
If declared insane, he would be committed to compulsory psychiatric care.
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they are just antagonising more people , this will happen again if they keep persecuting the indigenous population like the last goverment did over here.
they are just antagonising more people by denying the indigenous people the freedom of speech just like the last goverment did in this country, they will reap their rewards.
So you think freedom of speech should allow people to express extreme views as this man did and carry out this terrible act. People like him would not allow freedom of anything remember a certain man who came to power in 1939 with views such as his and what rewards he reaped for his country.
Snape, indigenous people!? How many of those poor victims were indigenous people? Im guessing all of them were born and bred in norway! Why try to justify mass murder with your ignorance of the facts, this man murdered kids at what point do you think thats ok?!!
21 years in prison for killing 77 innocent people?! Thats a disgrace!