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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soundoff (638 Responses)
  1. mommajam

    This is great!!! Way to go Norway! Loved this story.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Futon Torpedo

    Outstanding Norway... I'm proud of you.

    From Texas of all places!

    April 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*johny

      yupp,keep him thinking and awake.i myself am from texas death to this monster is to easy.

      April 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pamik

    I'd rather see & hear 40,000 people singing to annoy a mass killer/terrorist and to remember their fallen citizens than listen to the same amount of occupiers here whining about Wall Street. Didn't they have jobs? Way to go Norway!!

    April 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Piranha

    Why sing to him, a person like that is so vain he probably thinks the song is about him don't you, don' you. They should compose a good hanging song like, We are the one, who'll love to kill you, with piano wire and ten pound weights tied on your torso (to the tune of We Are The World). That....would annoy and worry him to death.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norwegian

      Because in Norway we don't kill people, even such a horrible monster / man as Breivik. Because then we would sink down to his level. We are not a nation that believe in torture and death penalty. The best thing is to show Breivik that he has not accomplished anything he wanted, and that we remember those who lost their lives with love for each other and a loving and including society. <3

      April 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Piranha – you have deep, deep psychological problems. Please get help.

      April 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norwegian

      You just described how we DO NOT respond to this attack. Fight hate with love insted. That is our message!

      April 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      @ Piranha – silly much?

      @ Norwegian – good luck with that.

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

      And we, our culture, our people... well we are just better than that. We do not want to kill him. We considder deathpenalty to be barbaric, unciviliced and primitive.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. D987654321

    Perhaps if they performed an encore of Whitney Houston's "I Believe the Children are our Future," he'll kill himself.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alan

    As one having a Norwegian heritage I could not be more proud of my countrymen and women...This is great!
    Sing, Sing, Sing!!!


    April 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fabjan

    Now if you can just get the bullies of the world to gather together and sing Michael Jackson's song, "I'm Bad".

    April 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hunter


    April 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Leigh2

    I understand the Norwegians have a very cushy prison system. So it begs the question, will the fiend get a cinder block cell or a nice bungalow? Hopefully it's the former rather than the latter.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Leigh2 – You're right; our system is much better where we throw people into cages and treat them like animals and then act surprised when they act accordingly. Our system is deeply flawed and we have a lot to learn from others. Perhaps instead of denegrading the Norwegian approach to crime and punishment you could take the time to try to understand it. You might learn a thing or two.

      April 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leigh2

      That's right. Give everyone who commits evil crimes a cushy place to serve out their sentences ~ because we need to love and nurture them. Let's forget about their victims. After all, their victims are dead, right?

      April 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gc104

    How I wish I could be there to sing with them. Veldig bra!!!

    April 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lefty avenger

    Breivik is just a Norwegian republican. Xenophobic and war mongering, full of hate.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheThinker

      Hmm, calling Republicans "mass murderers". I can see that your heart is full of love.

      April 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leigh2

      He's not a Republican. They don't have the same government model we have.

      Here's a list:

      Labor Party, Progress Party, Conservative Party, Socialist Left Party, Centre Party, Christian Democratic Party, and the Liberal Party.

      April 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      How idiotic.

      April 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marielle

    Proud to be Norwegian today. Sad to see how differently people react to this.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kiki

    Hatred never ceases by hatred. Hatred only ceases by love. This is an ancient and eternal law. Buddha

    April 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheThinker

      "Love thyn enemies" ~Jesus

      April 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TheThinker

    Guns are for protection and as a last resort. Words are used to express ideas, and pesuasion is a tool to affect change. Anyone who uses guns as a first resort to affect change is doomed to failure. Anyone who doesn't have a gun for protection is subject to Darwinism.
    Singing as a sign of Society's inevitable triumph is a superb clue to the shooter that he is just a psychotic murderer without a shread of nobility.

    April 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Vader

    Those wacky Scandinavians... What a brilliant idea, and inspiring execution.

    April 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
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