Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Song and Roses, Sadness and Strength
Norwegians raised their voices in unison on Thursday (last week) to get under the skin of admitted mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.
An estimated 40,000 people turned out in central Oslo's Youngstorget square to sing "Children of the Rainbow," a Norwegian version of "My Rainbow Race," written by American folk singer Pete Seeger. During his trial for the killings of 77 people last summer, Breivik cited the song as an example of Marxist influence on Norwegian culture.
The folksinger who arranged the Norwegian lyrics posted a Facebook invitation to join her in the city square, and 4000 people said they would be there. 40,000 people came and sang in the pouring rain. That's quite the turnout, particularly for a country of that size - almost 1% of the nation's population.