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. Kerry

    This is beautiful. Good show, Norwegians, good show.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Leigh2

    That monster killed so many ~ children for the most part, and all they can do is throw a song he doesn't like at him? This is why he no doubt killed so many in the first place ~ he knew he could do it and the consequences would be soft on him.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bluelou

      you are an absolute moron

      April 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      Singing the song is part of what the citizens did to show him they stand strong to support each other. The COURT SYSTEM will determine proper punishment after the trial (which is still ongoing) has concluded.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • evrgreen

      Sorry but your comment does not make sense. He has been aprehended. He is in trial. What else do you think they should have done? Kill him before the trial?
      That event was a clear, massive manifestation of support for the victims and of reject to the killer's deranged ideas. Why do you attach it?

      April 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leigh2

      Well, so very sad and extremely, extremely sorry you disagree with my statement.

      April 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • KN

      What would like to happen?
      Put him on trial – well that is being done.
      Will he ever be let out – no, regardless of he is found to b sane or not.
      Economic compensation to the victims – will be paid out as soon as there is verdict
      Follow up of the victims by health officials – being done because that is free in Norway

      April 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • CullThePopulace

      Absolutely true.
      I know of an account in which three young 20-something Norwegians were actually contemplating robbing a bank at gunpoint. Why? Because most Norwegian police do not carry guns everyday, it would be an easy heist. If caught, they knew they'd be in a very cozy jail – getting rehabilitated and playing video games – with a maximum sentence of 5 years or so. The money would have been already hidden. One commented that, it would be a perfect trade-off, spending a few years in a very relaxed jail, getting fed great meals for free, not working... for the benefit of having a truckload of cash when they got out.

      April 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KC

    YAY NORWAY!

    April 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KC

    THEY SHOULD SING RIGHT UNDER HIS CELL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!

    April 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Diana

    This is totally awesome. I hope it drives him to suicide.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • CullThePopulace

      Suicide is illegal in Norway, don't you know that? If he did that, they would reanimate him, slap him on the wrist and help him get re-rehabilitated all over again. And you thought just cats had Nine Lives? pffffffft.

      April 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fed up with racism in US!

    This is a truly touching act and a dream I have for this country. I'll probably not live long enough to see it here, though. Which is very sad.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blob

      Fed up with racism? Hopefully you're white because of the latest news out of Baltimore and all those racists black thugs!

      April 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David Gunton

    I have just heard a clip of the crowd singing outside the court. It made my spine tingle and bring tears to my eyes. Breivik is an incarnation of natural evil. The crowds singing is the incarnation of natural goodness and love. Long live goodness and love. They will prevail.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. micah peden

    hahaahahahahahahah this is EPICCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC

    drive that stupid sob a crazy before they execute him and if they dont keep this up so he offs himself!

    April 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. M.E.

    Wow Norway, well done!

    April 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark

    it is good to see people standing up against evil..and this guy is definitely evil to the core. i dont want to stand any where near him on the last day. I fear the price he will pay on that day for it will be eternal...such it is for those who sell their souls to satan.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. teodolo

    though his means was morbid, he delivered his sentiment. Love and sympathy to all Norwegians.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. steve

    so great, thank you Norway

    April 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Christian Miner, Ph.D.

    The odds that Anders Breivik is barking mad are exceedingly, nearly certainly, high. Let's face it, anybody who murders 70+ innocent people because he believes his government to be lax in dealing with Islamic immigrants is, well, to use the technical term, crazy. If this sort of crime is not already defined as crazy, it should be. I would really, really like to meet with the doctors who pronounced this fellow "sane".

    This fellow is plainly delusional. Perhaps there are nuances of the Norwegian system of justice that sway independent psychiatric investigators one way or another. But let's all get this straight, once and for all! Anybody, anywhere, who murders innocent people in the perceived service of some larger cause (whether imagined or not) is, by definition, crazy.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Icurheinie

    Some good news. Ahhh.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Josh

    If Breivik pulled this in the US, he'd probably get death threats, marriage proposals, and a job as a FOX commentator.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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