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Angry Norway voters harass local politicians. NEWS IN BRIEF: In a country known for its beautiful nature, politicians have spoken out about how their daily lives are being interrupted by attacks from unhappy Norwegian voters. Progress Party (FrP) candidate for Mayor of Sandnes on Norway’s west coast, Pål Morten Borgli, has admitted to being violently confronted in the street by an aggressive voter as well as receiving death threats. Thorvald Hillestad, Mayor of Re for the Centre Party (Sp) in Vestfold has also had encounters with voters that are unhappy about plans and decisions. He reports a local woman got hold of his tie and pulled hard, telling NRK, “it became very tight [around my neck] and was extremely uncomfortable.

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Angry Norway voters harass local politicians

Published on Wednesday, 24th August, 2011 at 14:13 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

NEWS IN BRIEF: In a country known for its beautiful nature, politicians have spoken out about how their daily lives are being interrupted by attacks from unhappy Norwegian voters.

A volley of shoes
A volley of shoes
Photo: Anirudh Koul/Wikimedia Commons


Progress Party (FrP) candidate for Mayor of Sandnes on Norway’s west coast, Pål Morten Borgli, has admitted to being violently confronted in the street by an aggressive voter as well as receiving death threats.

Thorvald Hillestad, Mayor of Re for the Centre Party (Sp) in Vestfold has also had encounters with voters that are unhappy about plans and decisions. He reports a local woman got hold of his tie and pulled hard, telling NRK, “it became very tight [around my neck] and was extremely uncomfortable.

Research has suggested that 1 in 5 politicians have been confronted and harassed or have received threats during their political career, which gets worse the longer one is in politics.

“You often get threats when you choose to come forward with a controversial opinion,” says Ole Johnny Stavn, Sp’s candidate for Mayor of Flå municipality in the County of Buskerud County.



Published on Wednesday, 24th August, 2011 at 14:13 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: norwaylocalelections, threatsonpoliticians.





  
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