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June 26, 2022

Norway remembers Utoeya and Oslo victims, one year on

Norway commemorated on Sunday one year since 77 people were killed and 242 hurt in gun and bomb attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utoeya. PM Jens Stoltenberg has laid a wreath in Oslo and is expected to be joined by hundreds of people on Utoeya, including the families of those who were killed, the BBC informs. Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted carrying out the two attacks, remains on trial. “The killer failed; the people have won,” Stoltenberg said. As Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg addressed the crowds gathered outside the still devastated government headquarters in Oslo, a long day of remembrance began. Watched by hundreds of people who had gathered in the city centre, and many more still watching on national TV, Mr Stoltenberg laid down a wreath in red, white and blue – the colours of the Norwegian flag. Many had come carrying red roses, the symbol of the Labour Party, but also a symbol of the love and tolerance with which many people here say they want to confront the horror, rather than with anger. One survivor of the bomb told BBC News she felt the wreath-laying was a worthy ceremony, allowing people to remember those who died but also to start looking forward.  Later, she and many others are also taking part in another event – at Utoeya island, where Anders Breivik killed 69 mainly young people. A special memorial service also took place in Oslo cathedral – one of many places holding such services. Most of the dead were young activists with the Labour Party who had been staying on Utoeya as part of a summer camp.Church services, a concert and other events are being held around Norway.

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