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Oslo massacre: one month on

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Oslo massacre: one month on


Monday marked one month to the day since Anders Behring Breivik launched his attacks on central Oslo and a Labour Party youth camp on Utoeya Island.

Over two million euros have been pledged to rebuild the island and create a memorial to the 69 people who died there.

The fund manager for the Norwegian Labour Party’s youth wing, AUF, Martin Henriksen said “Our goal is to restore the island to a place to where youth can come and meet for political discussions, a place for joy and convictions, and a place where in the future happy memories will be created once again.”

He said families and the bereaved will have a say on the allocation of funds.

The head of AUF, Eskil Pedersen, said his organisation was in sorrow but that it was time to move on, telling a news conference that it was now time to start campaigning ahead of next month’s local elections.

“We are still an organisation in deep sorrow. We have lost many friends, many members of our organisation. We will be in deep sorrow for a long time. At the same time today our election campaign starts,” Pedersen said.

He said there were still some relatives and survivors who had not yet visited the island and requested the media not go there until given permission by the AUF.

A national ceremony of remembrance was held on Sunday at a concert hall in Oslo attended by 6,700 people, including relatives of the victims, survivors, police, firemen and emergency personnel who responded to the attacks.

The Norwegian royal family, the presidents of Finland and Iceland, Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik also attended, as did all the Nordic prime ministers and diplomats from many countries.

Norway’s King Harald told those gathered “Freedom is stronger than fear.”

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