Norway mourns, ponders impact of terror attacks
The terror attacks that killed 93 in Oslo Friday, apparently carried out by an ultranationalist, has stunned Norway. Now the country wonders what security changes will be made.
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More details, however, have surfaced concerning Breivik’s beliefs, which trend toward the extreme right and xenophobic end of the political spectrum. A 1,500-page manifesto, posted online hours before the attacks under the pseudonym Andrew Berwick, decries the rise of political correctness, "cultural Marxism," Islam, feminism and multiculturalism in Europe.Skip to next paragraph
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A 12-minute video was also posted online featuring images of crusaders and alarms against the rise of Islam. One of its warnings reads, “We believe that facilitating the growth of competing cultures within a nation will only result in the weakening of the nation through cultural/religious/ethnic conflict.”
The video ends with three pictures of Breivik and in one he is shouldering a rifle.
A changed Norway
Though people long for life in Norway to remain the same, many admit the way politicians and police conduct business will probably be altered by the attacks. Living in a small nation where violent crime is rare, Norwegians are accustomed to feeling safe anywhere and seeing high-ranking officials strolling alone through the streets.
“We want to be very normal these days,” says Nils Seljebo of Oslo. He recalls seeing the education minister just a week before the attacks passing through the city center. He said that sight would probably become rare. “She was just walking alone,” he says. “I think that will change.”
One high school student attending the memorial ceremony says both attacks, particularly the shooting spree, would forever mark his generation.
“I’ve never seen my friend like this,” says Simen Viken Grini about a friend who survived the massacre on the island of Utoya.
He says he took solace in the prime minister’s words urging people to look forward and stay strong. “I hope things will stay close to the same. We have an open society,” he says, though acknowledging “some changes have to be made.”
Video of mourning and reaction in Norway: