national memorial ceremony was held ten years after Anders Breiviks terrorist attacks in the Norwegian capital Oslo. The Oslo bombing and the shooting at a political youth camp on the island of Utøya killed 77 people.
The sober memorial at the glass monument with the names of the victims included dozens of people, including Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Princess Mette-Marit.
Wreaths were laid and music was played:
Prime Minister Erna Solberg, among others, gave a speech in which she said it hurts to think back to this day. “We should not let hate run wild.” Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of NATO, Prime Minister at the time of the attacks, also attended.
There was also a speech by Astrid Hoem, who survived the Utøya killing party and is now the leader of the AUF, the youth department of the Norwegian Social Democratic Party. Breivik focused on the massacre against the AUF, which has youth camps on the island every year. “If we say that we dont accept hatred and racism, we will never be able to fulfill the promise No more July 22 again,” she said.
Eight young people read the names of the victims. After that, wreaths were laid and a moment of silence was kept.
Crown Prince Haakon speaks this afternoon at Utøya, which is almost 30 kilometres northwest of Oslo. King Harald and Queen Sonja commemorate the drama in Oslo Cathedral, after which church bells will be ringing throughout Norway. Theres also a memorial ceremony in Oslo tonight.
What exactly happened on July 22, 2011?