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. Chuck Steak


    April 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dan

    Parents sing to children, not their children's killer. Peace has its place, this is not one of those times.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Njorj

      You have completely missed the point. Nice job.

      April 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      I suppose you're for the death penalty too...even if Norway's system leads to far less violence.

      April 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wingsfan84

      That's rather short sited don't you think. I mean it says in the article they did it to annoy him. It also shows he is wrong and the will of the people will not be broken by one miscreant.

      April 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. theresa s

    I hope it worked! He deserves to be bombarded with everything he hates, not just because he hates it, but because it shows just how good the people of Norway are relative to him; rub it in his face all that he is not.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Leigh2

    My feeling is he should be put to death ~ but it's not my call, of course. What makes the Norwegians believe that he will never escape to do something like this again? You say he is clever. If he's that clever, he's no doubt already working on it.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AgrippaMT

    What a wonderful idea. Let's hope they keep it up, singing 24/7 for the next six months. Brievik's jailers should open his cell window so he can hear it clearly and deny him any ear plugs or cotton.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Armani

    they shoud make him listen to kim kardashian song 24/7 for the rest of his life lol there is no better punishment than that lol

    April 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. José Oliveira

    Norway is definately a more advanced nation. It seems a bit boring, though...

    April 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. christine


    April 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ♚Mmmmm♛

    beautiful...shows the hateful killer you can't conquer love...ditto norwegians!

    April 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Roelof

    Great. German 'Spiegel' wrote that muslims cheared a lot on Islamic websites during the attack (very racist to mention that). NY-times wrote that a Jihadist terrorist organisation called nsar al-Jihad al-Alami claimed the attack first hand (also very racist to mention that). No complains about them, just complains about Breivik. You go girls!

    April 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Roelof

    Of course why can't muslims sing when dhimmi's get killed? Racist I am. .. pff. Sorry you all.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cheri

    Mass murder is one thing, wanting stronger restrictions on immigration is another. Wanting stronger restrictions on immigration may motivate someone to commit mass murder, but this is no different than saying that any form of religious, ethnic, racial, or nationalistic hatred can motivate someone to commit mass murder. We should not draw a link between mass murder and wanting stronger restrictions on immigration, though given the Machiavellian nature of politics, this is no doubt what some will do with this case.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheThinker

      I don't agree that the inevitable product of democracy is mass murder.

      April 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Roelof

    What was I thinking.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Roelof

    18786 terrorist attacks by muslims took place since 9/11. You hear them sing. . oh.. allah akbar.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Now that has to be the proverbial slap in the face. Granted he's too far gone in his own world to admit to himself the possibility of being wrong, but I have to wonder. Would the knowledge that his actions had the exact opposite effect on the very people he was trying to "save" give him nightmares? I certainly hope so – spending the rest of his life dreading sleep but having no other activity would be a fitting punishment.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
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