Norwegians are in shock but remain determined to defend multiculturalism, social justice, anti-racism, and tolerance.
We stand with them and with our friends in No to EU and Ungdom mot EU (Youth against EU), many of whom were on the island of Utøya during the attack. Some of you will have met and worked with leading members during the Lisbon campaigns.
Activists of the Workers’ Youth League (AUF) were the main targets of the terror. The annual AUF summer camp on Utøya has taken place for more than fifty years. Just before the massacre there had been a commemoration for AUF members killed opposing fascism in the Spanish Civil War.
At least 150,000 people came onto the streets in Oslo in response to the terrible events, many carrying flowers, but the square at City Hall and the surrounding streets were so crowded that it was impossible to march. They sang the old anti-war song
“To the Young” by the socialist poet Nordahl Grieg, which calls for international unity against hunger and injustice.
The Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, addressed the crowd, calling for “tolerance in an open society.” Eskil Pedersen of the AUF said: “Those gathered at Utøya were fighting for justice and equality and against racism.” He added that it was important for everyone to continue this struggle.
Our best expression of solidarity with our friends is to defend the democratic values expressed by the victims of the massacre, and let that struggle be our contribution to their memory.
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