Survivors and relatives of those who died at the hands of Anders Behring Breivik gathered outside the court in Oslo on Monday morning.
The trial of the Norwegian killer, which is expected to last 10 weeks, is sure to bring back terrible memories for the families of the 77 people who died and those who were lucky to escape, but many feel they should attend, like Utoeya survivor Vegard Groslie Wennesland: “I am a bit concerned. I haven’t seen him before. I haven’t been to the court meetings before, but I am sure it will be okay. But it’s tough. The last time I saw him in person, I saw him shoot and kill my friends. So it’s tough, but it’s also important to get through it.”
There are others who also feel they should attend the trial, even though they will have to face the man who tried to kill them.
“I think it’s very important that the world sees this and sees it for what it is. It’s a tragedy that is founded on political views that are very common in the rest of the world as well and we have to fight extremist actions like this,” said another Utoeya survivor Bjoern Ihler.
Norwegian newspapers are echoing the sentiments of many survivors and families of the victims of Breivik. Headlines include ‘I look forward to him being punished’ and ‘reckoning’.