Norwegians sing to annoy mass killer
An estimated 40,000 people gather in Oslo's Youngstorget square to sing "Children of the Rainbow," a song derided by mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.
April 26th, 2012
10:21 AM ET

Norwegians sing to annoy mass killer

Norwegians raised their voices in unison on Thursday to get under the skin of admitted mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.

An estimated 40,000 people turned out in central Oslo's Youngstorget square to sing "Children of the Rainbow," a Norwegian version of "My Rainbow Race," written by American folk singer Pete Seeger.

During his trial for the killings of 77 people last summer, Breivik cited the song as an example of Marxist influence on Norwegian culture.

The Norwegian version of the song describes a "World where – every sister and every brother – shall live together – like small children of the rainbow," according to a report in the Norway Post.

Breivik, whose trial in Oslo City Court began last week, boasts of being an ultranationalist who killed his victims to fight multiculturalism in Norway.

Thursday's event, which included a march to the courthouse to drop roses outside, was “a beautiful, touching scene,” said Geir Engebretsen, the court chief justice in charge of Breivik's terror trial, according to a report on Views and News from Norway.

"It’s a very moving manifestation of Norwegian culture," Engebretsen said, according to the report, which cited Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

The idea for Thursday's singing statement came from two women, Christine Bar and Lili Hjonnevag, who became upset with Breivik's derision of the song and posted a call on social media for others to join them in singing it on the square, Views and News reported. They expected a few dozen people, the report said.

But by Tuesday, 4,000 people had accepted their Facebook invitation and then 10 times that many turned up Thursday.

“I think this just shows that people felt a need to show their feelings, to make an expression of how they value the Norwegian democracy. It’s fantastic," Views and News quoted Labour Party Secretary Raymond Johansen as telling NRK.

Culture ministers from Sweden, Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Iceland joined in the song, the Norway Post reported.

Lillebjorn Nilsen, who wrote the Norwegian version of the Seeger song, led the crowd in singing both the Norwegian and English versions, according to the Views and News report.

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  1. MrBo

    They should play that song on an infinite loop in the guy's cell once the piece of crap is convicted.

    April 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Tewks44

    trolling level: expert

    April 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. usarmyoverlord

    Well they should have dragged him out onto the street and stomped him to death.. but I guess singing works too ;)

    April 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • halfbakedlunatic

      Agreed. I'm usually a big proponent of the modern judicial system ... but there are certain cases where the persons life is not even worth the cost of a trial.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Drag him out into the street and sing him to death with big, heavy songs.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jazzy

    amazing!

    April 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ted

    "Jax

    Rodeo song, yeah! Hey ted, how about hitting that reply button? Lol!"

    Indeed!

    Don't Kumbiya me bro!

    April 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wayfarer

      You're not very bright, are you?

      April 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kindasorta

    Good idea!

    April 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. skysong263

    I am reminded of Michael Jackson's video "Cry" in which he proposed a public singing event for the whole world to join, in the hopes of promoting world peace. I hope this event can happen some day.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Felix

    Woah, that'll teach him!

    April 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. DisReverent

    Personally, I would have chosen Slim Whitman music. But, alas, there is a Geneva Convention :(

    April 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JC

      Come on, he only murdered people. It's not like he's a cannibal or something. Have mercy.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeneK

      I don't think the Geneva accords say anything about what you can't do to your own people. Bring on the Whitman records.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JC

    Next, a medley of Lady Gaga songs while the wordless choir assembles for the midnight show.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Ted Nugent

    I'd be glad to play "Cat Scratch Fever" for this brave patriot who shares so many of my core values.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Really?

      Ted is just like Anders Behring Breivik without the balls to commit you have a hero that craps himself to get out of milatary service. Really is that your best choice of a human

      April 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ted Nugent

    Can he play a bass? He could be in my band.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JC

      Use him as a drum.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Proud

    I am proud to be a Norwegian today, wish I could be there with them.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • minhage

      I am also Norwegian and agree 100%. the man now stands trial. It is in the court we will see justice happen. If we start hating on the streets, he has won. Therfore we show our love on the streets. The love for each other and the love for the way we live our lives.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. brian paul

    The Norwegians are very classy people! God bless all of you!

    April 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jason

    Another good choice would be the traditional jazz/blues song:
    "I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you!"

    April 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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