Today I have just a snapshot of my tv screen to share with you. But it’s a snapshot filled with love. Last week the trial after the terror attacks in Oslo and at Utøya last summer started. One terrorist bombed the government buildings in Oslo and shot and killed almost 70 young people at a youth party camp at the small island Utøya. In total 77 persons died July 22 2011. A few days after the attack hundreds of thousands of people in Oslo and all over Norway came together to show that love and roses can conquer hate. Last week the terrorist mentioned a particular song that he means is an example of what he calls “marxist brain washing of children in Norway”. That song is “Barn av regnbuen” – a Norwgian version of Pete Seeger’s “My Rainbow Race”. The Norwegian lyrics is by Lillebjørn Nilsen, and it’s a well-known children’s song.
Today people again took to the street with roses and love. Two women startet a campaign on Facebook, wanting people to come together and sing this song. 4000 said they would like to come. Today more than 40 000 people gathered to sing this song together, lead by Lillebjørn Nilsen who also came with greetings from Pete Seeger. Afterwards they all went together to the court house to place their roses there. Also in other cities and towns all over the country people gathered to sing this song together.