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. Cydonius

    stupid people. I bet the young commies screamed in fear as he rightfully exterminated them like the vermin they are

    April 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Aww, isn't he sweet ? Lets hug it out Cydonius.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • LISA N KY

      w0w! Pig much...

      April 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • inachu

      wait until they vote in multiculturism in such a big way they cant stop it. Soo they will have allah on their money system and sharia law will be the rule of law. Darwinian death of country is going on strong!

      April 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • wetlettuce1966

      If you genuinely believe that people with different political views from yours should be exterminated, then you should seek professional help to deal with the roots of your hatred and anger.

      On the other hand, you may just be an idiotic troll. For your sake, I hope the latter is true.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      This comment needs to be removed.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • bermille

      I'm sure you will be happy to go help him out over there– what are you waiting for?

      April 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max Powers

      See how you're voice is getting drowned out? Get used to it.

      April 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mette

      wow..very mature thinking...

      April 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Cydonis, do you want a hunting license or something?

      You miserable wretch.

      April 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HistorysForFools

    @Scranton: Ever heard of Oklahoma City, genius?

    April 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tex71

    It worked!
    Now put him in a cell wallpapered with large full-color photos of brown people under plexiglas sheathing. Special menu for Breivik should be Moroccan goat stew. Make sure he knows it's halal.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max Powers

      No, that is stew is good, don't waste it on him!

      April 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HistorysForFools

    Are you sure you're not vermin yourself, Cydonius?

    April 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark

    "scranton" 12:21 pm – the answer to your question is Oklahoma City

    April 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    That song should be played in a continuous loop in his cell .. with pictures ..

    April 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      That's what I was thinking! They should have a psychologist figure out what annoys this guy the most and do that to him for the rest of his life.

      April 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LISA N KY

    I hope it irritated him to no end! Way to go you guys!!!! Cheers from Kentucky!

    April 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • inachu

      Yeah lets irritate him and hope his country is swamped out and the countries men no longer look european but asian and muslim and sharia law becomes teh law of the land like it is almost in the UK. Bravo we are witnessing the Darminian death of a country in slow motion.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sofa King

      I was hoping the KY stood for the lubricant.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. inachu

    Wait until their country is over run like the UK and the average baby name is mohammad. Then they will start thinking maybe he was right all along. By then it will be too late then soon their country will then change and support sharia law then soon schools will teach arabic or what ever middle eastern lauguage and their grandparents will be turning over in their graves. Because that is what it is leading to.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sophie

      You obviously know nothing about the norwegian society. 1/3 of the population in Oslo is foreign. We do know what WE are talking about.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • inachu

      Yep and pretty soon it will be 2/3 Then you will be gone and it will be 3/3 . Think back to this topic when you are 80 years old. Just in case I hope He is wrong and I hope I am wrong.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noh8ers

      Fortunately, Norwegians don't appear to share your paranoia and hatred.

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

      It will happen. Just takes time. In this case he forsaw what was happening and he is right.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wings of Norway

      ABB never was and NEVER will be right in killing 77 innocent children and adult.
      Just realize the facts "inachu".

      April 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • inachu

      Ok lets say you are one of those survivors of the shootings. Do you see or understand his viewpoint or do you love the idea of bringing in more people from around the world to lower wages in your country even more? I mean I could be wrong but Norway assimilation may be better than that of other nations?

      April 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • KN

      You need to check your facts before you make certain claims and arguments.
      The largest group of immigrants to Norway are Swedes. There was a great flow of migrants worker to Norway in the 70's and many came from Pakistan. They settled here and worked at the same wages as everybody else.
      They have not "taken" over Norway as you think and they are represented in all levels of society both in terms of work, education and political activities.
      A country made up with people of different cultural or ethnic background enrich the society in many ways.
      And yes, we accept refugees from countries who are driven out of their home countries for their political views, religous believes because it is the rightdecent human thing to do.

      April 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • cfjermestad

      Inachu, you are as much of a nut as Breivik. Please put your posts on a Nazi website and spare the rest of us.

      April 28, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. AndrewO

    "...“a beautiful, touching scene,” said Geir Engebretsen, the court chief justice in charge of Breivik's terror trial,"

    Umm, the chief justice in charge of the trial is commenting on public reaction mid-trial? That hardly seems fair. He's supposed to be impartial. Sounds like grounds for appeal – at least it would be if this were in the US.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norwegian

      He is more like a court administrator, and not a part in the case (the judges did ofcourse not comment)

      April 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ProperVillain!!!

    April 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. silly2


    April 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO ©

    If they wanted to annoy me, they would sing a bunch of Michael Jackson stuff.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fnaaa

      Anything from "The Voice" or "American Idol" would work on me!

      April 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOMBO ©

    They used to be Vikings, these people. Don't p1ss them off.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • CullThePopulace

      The key word is "used" to be as in, formally.
      The Viking genes have long been emptied from their hearts and minds.

      Pacifists in every sense of the word.
      But the Prime Minister of Norway did state how pleased he was when the U.S. killed Bin Laden in May 2011.

      So which is it Norway?
      It's OK for Americans to do the dirty work for the rest of the world, right.
      It's a good thing, too. Otherwise you'd all be speaking only German since 1946.

      April 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. andre himes

    The white feminists who are the devil's wives and human concubines were the most vocal in their hatred toward BLACK AMERICANS and were the most vocal in their demanding the deportation of naive born BLACK AMERICANS to AFRICA under immigration laws and were the most vocal in their support for racial profiling in which many BLACK AMERICANS were arrested and who were either martyred within the prison system or were deported to AFRICA, where many of them were martyred there and were buried in mass graves in both the SUDAN and in the CONGO. It was this act as well as the rise of the hiphop nation is what has contribiute to the black holocaust in which much of the black human population in AMERICA were exterminated 1968-1993-2001. M ean while a new demonic black america has arisen from the black hiphop and antebellum nation and is based on stereotypical images of low class , poverty stricken and crminally prone blacks and replace the black human population. Also the white feminists(DEVIL'S CONCUBINES) were trick in beliving they will be able to use the hiphop nation to get rid of andre himes, however neither SATAN nor will his fallen angels who rule AMERICA from those black americans churches will be suprise by andre himes miraculous survival in the future ,since they knew what the white femnists did not know

    April 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      ha ha – you funny.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max Powers

      Please take your meds.

      April 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    why is this guy even still alive? he killed 77 people and your giving him a trial? what a Joke.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sophie

      It is called a legal system. We are not barbarians.

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