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Norway: Teenagers return to island, four years after Breivik massacre

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Norway: Teenagers return to island, four years after Breivik massacre

<p>Four years after dozens of teenagers were shot dead by a far-right extremist, the youth wing of Norway’s Labour Party has returned to the island of Utoya for its summer camp.</p> <p>A metal circle suspended from trees hangs in memorial to the victims.</p> <p>It is just one reminder of a tragedy, which has changed lives forever.</p> <p>One of those making the emotional voyage was Jon-Inge Sogn, father of 17-year-old Isabel, one of the 69 people slaughtered on the island.</p> <p>“It is a bit special because this is the first time in four years,” he said.</p> <p>“And if things had not happened, I’m sure my daughter would also be here so this is special…I feel it now when I see all the young people are coming.”</p> <p>Security is tight with 1,000 participants expected over three days, eager to reclaim the island and defend values like democracy and tolerance.</p> <p>On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik sought to destroy their values – gunning down victims he saw as traitors because of their support for multiculturalism and immigration. He had just killed <br /> eight other people in a bomb attack in Oslo. </p> <p>Breivik is now serving 21 years in prison.</p>