-This happened at the Norwegian Labour party’s summercamp for teenagers.
-600-700 people were at the island (Utøya is an island) most of them teenagers around 16 years old
-Total death toll is at least 85, and police are saying it may still rise. Most of them children/teenagers.
-The shooter has been charged with the maximum sentence possible in Norway (21 years in prison, however, this can be raised up until life)
-The shooter has been charged for both the Oslo explosion and the shootings
I was about to start a thread about this myself, I’m glad you did it before me, Mike.
I live in Oslo, Norway and have done so my whole life. Needless to say, I’m absolutely appalled. I’ve never imagined something like this happening in my home country. Words are redundant, this is the most horrifying incident in Norway after WWII. Even though I don’t know anyone affected personally, I feel empty inside and have shed a few tears today. Reading about the victims, imagining the pain of losing someone close in this manner… Damn…
This a fucking tragedy.
It helps knowing that the world cares.
He says that his actions were “necessary”.
The latest news in Norwegian media is that he has written a 1500 page manifesto explaining his beliefs and why this was necessary. He also put a video out on youtube with the same purpose (now removed). He is a right-wing extremist and a strong opponent of Islamic immigration. The people he killed were from the Norwegian Labour Party’s youth organization. The Norwegian Labour Party is the biggest political party in Norway and they are in government. In the killers twisted mind, it was necessary to coldheartedly slaughter 16 year olds who supports a party that doesn’t stop the immigration from countries like Pakistan and Iraq. This is from the manifesto:
“The time for dialogue is over. We gave peace a chance. The time for armed resistance has come. PCCTS, Knights Templar on behalf of the free peoples of Europe, hereby declare a pre-emptive war against the cultural Marxist/ multiculturalist regimes of Western Europe. We acknowledge that Europe has been in a technical state of civil war since 1999 when European and US cultural Marxists/multiculturalists, through NATO, decided to attack Christian Serb forces and thus disallowing them their right to repel Islam from their ancestral lands.”
I’m not sure why international media hasn’t caught up with the whole manifesto/video-thing… They might not want people to read it, due to fear of support for the killer and his motifs. The manifesto can be found here: http://norskgoy.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/2083-aeuropeandeclarationofindependence.pdf (I feel bad linking it, but it is really interesting if one wants to know the reasons behind the killings…)
Warning: Some pictures are graphic.