Many Norwegians feel frustrated due to things getting more expensive. Incitement to violence is spreading online, making the Police Security Service (PST) a little extra vigilant.
In online forums, the threshold among some people for calling authorities and politicians “traitors,” “liars,” and “thugs” is low when electricity and fuel prices are discussed. Some urge to take action, TV 2 reports.
“We see a lot of hatred and incitement to violence against government officials and authorities in general,” violence researcher Cathrine Thorleifsson told the channel.
The increasing aggressiveness makes the Police Security Service (PST) extra vigilant. Acts of violence, and in the worst case, a terrorist situation, need to be avoided.
“When we see that societal changes lead to dissatisfaction in the population, we are concerned as it can lead to strong dissatisfaction among some. This, in turn, can be a trigger for someone who is already in a vulnerable situation to actually commit, for example, terrorism,” deputy head of PST, Hedvig Moe, told the channel.
PST is now asking everyone to be extra vigilant.
“If you are concerned about someone becoming radicalized, then you can contact us,” Moe added.
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