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Norway says 'No more 22.7.11. No more hate'

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Norway says 'No more 22.7.11. No more hate'


Norway has held an emotional commemoration exactly a month after the country’s worst ever peacetime attacks. The events culminated in a concert in Oslo.

In between performances, actors read out the names of all 77 victims, mostly young people gunned down on the island of Utoeya.

Among many survivors in the audience, one tweeted: “No more 22 July 2011. No more hate”.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg urged people to help the victims’ relatives and defend the ideals of democracy and openness that the perpetrator of the atrocities sought to shatter.

“In unity we create an unbreakable link of kindness, democracy and security. That is our weapon against violence,” he said.

The king and queen applauded; King Harald had opened the ceremony saying it did everyone good to be there.

The concert included a performance by Norway’s iconic 80s band A-Ha, reformed for the occasion.

Earlier in the day the prime minister, the country’s royal family and several Scandinavian heads of government laid flowers outside Oslo cathedral.

The horror of last month’s attacks will stay with Norwegians for years. Sunday’s commemorations were one important step in the healing process.

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