Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier thought of the 69 victims of the terrorist attack ten years ago on Utøya. During a visit to the small island near the Norwegian capital Oslo, he laid a wreath on Friday.
Utøya – «This place is also a place of mourning, but above all it is now also a place of hope,» said Steinmeier. He is impressed that thousands of young people come to this place every year to take part in workshops for freedom and democracy.
On the island of Utøya, the Norwegian right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik had attacked a summer camp of the Norwegian working-class youth ten years ago. He hunted down young people and literally executed them. He had previously detonated a bomb in the government district of Oslo. A total of 77 people died.
Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said: “This is one of the most powerful places here in our country, a workshop for democracy and youth.” Steinmeier emphasized that Norway’s handling of the tragedy “is not only impressive, it is really moving”. (dpa)