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Oslo, Norway (AP) — A commemorative ceremony began on Thursday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the worst peacetime massacre in Norway.
On July 22, 2011, right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik set a bomb in the capital Oslo, killing eight people and then heading to the small island of Utoya, stalking almost ten members of the Labor Party’s youth division, 69. I shot and killed.
Events will take place throughout the country on Thursday, including worship at Oslo Cathedral, where bells ring in churches throughout Norway.
People who heard emotional survivors read the names of 77 victims aloud all over the country at a commemorative event aired on television.
“Time does not heal all wounds,” said some of the victims’ parents, looking back on how the country dealt with slaughter.
“[Victims]will be proud of how powerful our reaction and the rule of law were after the terrorist attacks,” said Lisbeth Leinland, whose daughter Shin was murdered by Breivik. Roeyneland currently operates a national support group for victims and their families.
“We haven’t stopped hatred,” said Astrid Home, a survivor of Utoya, who now leads the working youth, urging the country to continue to confront racism.
She was talking to a group of mourners, including Crown Prince Haakon, Prime Minister Erna Solberg, survivors and families of victims.
“That dark July day” is a pain to look back on, Solberg added, “don’t leave hatred alone.”
King Harald is expected to speak late Thursday during the memorial in Oslo. He will be joined by past and present Prime Ministers and youth leaders of the Labor Party. An event will also be held in Utoya.
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