In a speech on Utøya on Thursday, Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon said that no one should have to resist right-wing extremist forces alone.
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“The last ten years have been difficult as well as filled with hope and commitment,” the crown prince said during his speech at the memorial service on Utøya on Thursday afternoon.
The Crown Prince said that no one should feel alone and discouraged in the fight against the far-right forces.
“It is our personal and collective responsibility to work against these forces, every day. Our country has painfully experienced that it is necessary,” he added.
A number of meetings
During the year, the royal couple and the crown prince couple met relatives, survivors, the emergency services, and those who helped people during the attack ten years ago.
“It has been nice and educational. We must dare to talk about what happened, even if it is unpleasant,” the crown prince said.
Crown Prince Haakon said that he is afraid that Norwegian society has not been good enough at listening and making room for all the feelings and traumas after July 22. He hopes that the tenth anniversary can help create a language that allows Norway to move forward.
“And I hope that the marking helps to create that space. The space for the stories, even if they hurt. The space for all of you who live with wounds and scars.”
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