Norway celebrates the love of the rainbow after the Oslo shooting

Norway celebrated love for all on Sunday with a tribute to the victims of the shooting that took place near a gay bar the previous day in downtown Oslo, a tragedy that shocked the country in full celebration of the LGBT Pride march.

As the investigation continues to determine the exact motive of the suspect, who is described as an Islamist with poor mental health, an emotional mourning ceremony was held at Oslo’s cathedral, a day after the attack. killed two and injured 21.

For the occasion, the altar of the majestic religious building was decorated with rainbow-colored pennants and various flowers.

“Bullets cannot kill love,” said Norwegian Protestant Church leader Olav Fykse Tveit.

As Norway marks the 50th anniversary of the lifting of the ban on homosexuality, the clergy recall that the Church has long opposed equal rights for same-sex couples.

“We find that we learn, sometimes unwillingly, that diversity between us is a gift, a gift, and that many homosexuals are able to cultivate a love that others cannot,” he said. niya.

In the audience where Crown Princess Mette-Marit took place-her husband, Prince Haakon who contracted Covid-, some were made or dressed in rainbow colors.

– Norwegian of Iranian origin –

“The shooting (…) ended the Pride march” scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Oslo but was canceled on the recommendation of the police, said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, with a serious face.

“But it doesn’t end the fight and effort against discrimination, prejudice and hatred,” he said.

The shootings took place early Saturday around 0100 (2300 GMT Friday) outside a pub and then outside a nearby gay club, the London Pub, causing panic among many night owls at one point. the parties involved in Garbo are full.

Two men aged 50 and 60 were killed and 21 were injured, ten seriously.

Quickly arrested, the alleged perpetrator of the shooting, according to Oslo police, was a 42-year-old Norwegian of Iranian origin, identified by Norwegian media as Zaniar Matapour.

On the radar of domestic intelligence services since 2015 for his radicalization and his membership in an extremist Islamist network, the man, who has also been convicted of relatively minor offenses, may also be in poor mental health.

He was ordered by police under observation to help clarify the question of his criminal responsibility.

– Tributes from all walks of life –

Attacks driven by ideology or religious considerations? Hate crime against the homosexual community? Compared to imbalance? Investigators said they did not close any doors at this stage, especially since the suspect refused to be heard on Saturday.

Eleven years after the bloody attacks carried out by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, tragedy is once again shaking the entire peaceful realm, where the level of threats has been raised to the highest that notch and where vigilance is strengthened with more and more uniquely armed cops.

“It is important to express our condolences and to say that love is love, and it is the same for everyone, that everyone should have the right to live as they want”, testified, beside tears, Kristin Wenstad , a chef, who went to reflect on the scene of the tragedy.

Frequently crying, countless unknown people placed bunches of flowers and rainbow flags around the perimeter cordoned off by police.

If the Pride march, which is the first in three years due to the pandemic, is canceled – or posted, according to the Oslo mayor – thousands of people will gather for a loud parade on Saturday.

To pay tribute to the victims, Norwegian football star Ada Hegerberg donned a rainbow-colored armband after scoring the first goal in the women’s win on Saturday night against New Zealand.

From French President Emmanuel Macron to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, many foreign leaders have condemned the attack and reassured the homosexual community of some sympathy.

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