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Norway's Young Labour return to Utoya island

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Norway's Young Labour return to Utoya island


For the first time in four years the Norwegian Labour party’s youth wing is gathering for summer camp on Utoya island.

In 2011 it was the scene of a terrible massacre when a right-wing extremist shot 69 mostly young people dead, and it is only now that the Labour party has returned.

Many participants from the fateful 2011 Summer camp have returned, and the party has had thousands of new applicants, too.

“For me, I’ve been engaged for many years, but the 2011 attack was like a really big smash in the face in some way that now we have to do something. I think everyone was thinking they have to do something,” said one young man.

The organisers are trying to pick up where they left off and the accent is being placed on business as usual, mixing fun and politics together for the young activists. While no-one here forgets the past tragic events, it is clear people are trying to turn a page.

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