Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Friday 22 September 2023 Dublin: 8°C
YouTube screengrab A woman holds a rose as she sings along to 'Barn av regnbuen' at Youngstorget in Oslo.
# Norway
VIDEO: 40,000 people sing Anders Behring Breivik's most-hated song
Breivik told his trial that the song ‘Children of the Rainbow’ was an effort to brainwash kids. Oslo responded by singing it.

AROUND 40,000 PEOPLE convened in Oslo earlier today – to have an open-air performance of a song loathed by Anders Behring Breivik.

Breivik had told his trial in Oslo that Lillebjørn Nilsen – the songwriter who composed the song ‘Barn av regnbuen’ (‘Children of the Rainbow’) – was “a Marxist trying to infiltrate culture”.

He argued that the true meaning of the popular song’s title was actually a reference to brainwashing children.

Tens of thosuands poured into Oslo’s Youngstorget square – many carrying roses to honour Breivik’s victims – to sing the song as an act of defiance, in a performance led by Nilsen himself as the clock struck noon. said similar performances of the song were held in 15 other cities around Norway, with another performance in Iceland.

The performances, all arranged through Facebook, hoped to illustrate that Breivik was alone in his viewpoints.

(YouTube credit: 0d0a0n)

Read: Breivik blames ‘racist’ plot for questions over sanity

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.