In Norway it is ten years since Anders Breivik killed 77 people in the worst massacre ever in the country. Church bells rang across the country and the royal family paid their respects to the victims.
Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Ingrid Alexandra laid a wreath on the island of Utoya, while King Harald and Queen Sonja attended a service in Oslo to commemorate the many victims, most of them teenagers, marking a decade since the horrific massacre.
On July 22, 2011, right-wing extremist Anders Breivik detonated a bomb in the capital Oslo, killing eight people, before heading to tiny Utoya Island where he stalked and shot 69 members of the Labor Party youth wing. .
Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Ingrid Alexandra lay flowers at a memorial as it marks the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the islands of Oslo and Utoeya
Princess Ingrid Alexandra is pictured at a memorial service to mark a decade since the worst peacetime massacre in the country
People gather next to a memorial outside Oslo Cathedral today in a service honoring the 77 victims of the horrific attack in 2011
Anders Breivik (pictured in 2017) is being held in prison after killing eight people in a bomb attack in Oslo and shooting another 69
Events were held across the country today, including a service at Oslo Cathedral that ended with the first ringing of bells. Thousands of people gathered outside in the streets to mourn the 77 victims.
Arriving on crutches, 84-year-old King Harald took his place for service next to Queen Sonja in front of Oslo Cathedral, while the country observed a minute of silence.
Speaking in front of 77 roses arranged in the shape of a heart, Jens Stoltenberg, the Prime Minister of Norway at the time of the 2011 attacks, told the congregation that “10 years ago hatred met love, but the hatred is still there.” . ‘
Stoltenberg, currently NATO Secretary General, said Breivik was “one of us”.
‘The perpetrator was a right-wing extremist. He misused Christian symbols. He grew up in our streets, belonged to the same religion and had the same skin color as the majority in this country. He was one of us,’ said Stoltenberg.
Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit (left) and Princess Ingrid Alexandra (right) attend a memorial service on Thursday
Flowers are placed at the July 22 memorial on the island of Utoya near Oslo, where Breivik killed many members of the youth wing of the Labor Party.
Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja attend a service at Oslo Cathedral to mark a decade since the country’s worst peacetime attack
Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon (left) and Bishop Jan Otto Myrseth (right) are pictured outside the Hole Church, where they honor the victims today
Events were held across the country today, including a service at Oslo Cathedral that ended with the first ringing of bells
“But he’s not one of us who respects democracy. He is one of those who believe they have the right to kill for their political ends.’
All over the country, people listened as emotional survivors read the names of the 77 victims at a televised memorial event.
Some of the victims’ parents reflected on the country’s handling of the slaughter, saying that “time doesn’t heal all wounds.”
“(The victims) would be proud of how we responded after the terror and how strong the rule of law was,” said Lisbeth Kristine Roeyneland, whose daughter Synne was murdered by Breivik. Roeyneland now runs the national support group for victims and families.
Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attend a memorial service in the government district
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg looks on after his speech at the Oslo Cathedral memorial service
From left to right, Raymond Johansen, Peggy Hessen, Thorbjorn Jagland, Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Jonas Gahr Store, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette Marit pay floral tributes
Arriving on crutches, 84-year-old King Harald took his place for service next to Queen Sonja in front of Oslo Cathedral as the country observed a minute of silence
‘What would those who were murdered in such a brutal and unfair manner think of us now 10 years later? I think they would be sad to know that there are still survivors and bereaved relatives with great needs,” Roeyneland said.
“I think they would be disappointed to see that the public debate has gone in the wrong direction in many ways,” she added. “I also think they would be proud of us. Proud of how we responded in the days after the terrorist attack and how our rule of law stood firm despite brutality.’
Astrid Hoem, a survivor from Utoya who now heads the AUF, the youth wing of the centre-left Labor Party, said ‘we haven’t stopped the hate’ and urged Norway to continue to face racism in the country .
“It’s so brutal it’s hard to fathom,” Hoem said. “But it’s our responsibility to do that. Because 10 years later we have to speak the truth. We haven’t stopped the hate. Far right extremism is still alive. The terrorist was one of us.’
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, AUF leader Astrid Hoem and support group leader Lisbeth Kristine Roeyneland attend a memorial service
Across the country, people listened as emotional survivors read the names of the 77 victims at a televised memorial event
Some of the victims’ parents reflected on the country’s handling of the slaughter, saying that ‘time doesn’t heal all wounds’
She spoke to a group of mourners, including Crown Prince Haakon, Prime Minister Erna Solberg, survivors and families of the victims.
Solberg said it hurt to think “of that dark July day” and added: “We must not let hate go unchallenged.”
‘The terror attack of July 22 was an attack on our democracy,’ said Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway since 2013. ‘It was a politically motivated terrorist act against the PvdA, AUF and their ideas. But it wasn’t just an attack on a political movement. An entire nation was affected. But we got up again. But Norway has been changed by an experience that still hurts.’
King Harald was due to speak later Thursday at a memorial service in Oslo. He would be joined by former and current Prime Ministers and leaders of the Labor Party’s youth wing. Events will also take place on Utoya.