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Crowds send musical protest to Breivik

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The news in the Breivik trial is today not coming from the courtroom but from outside in the streets of Oslo.

About 40,000 people gathered to sing popular Norwegian song “Children of the Rainbow”.

Breivik said in court on Friday he despised the song as an example of the brainwashing of Norwegian primary school children, and that its author was “a very good example of a Marxist”. Singing the song in public was the people’s response.

Similar musical protests were held in towns across the country.

Inside the court survivors of Breivik’s attacks were giving evidence, including one civil servant who lost 80 percent of his vision and needed facial reconstruction after the city centre bombing. Yet still he said he was proud to live in a country that treated criminal defendants with dignity.