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The Foreigner Norway PM pledges ‘protection against violence’. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg gave the nation “three tasks in the spirit of solidarity” at Sunday’s memorial ceremony in Oslo Spektrum. Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Ladies and gentlemen Dear all of you, Today we are stopping the clock to remember the dead. We are doing so as one nation. Together we lost what we could not lose, 77 lives.

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Norway PM pledges ‘protection against violence’

Published on Sunday, 21st August, 2011 at 23:58 under the news category, by John Price   .

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg gave the nation “three tasks in the spirit of solidarity” at Sunday’s memorial ceremony in Oslo Spektrum.



Your Majesties,
Your Royal Highnesses,
Ladies and gentlemen
Dear all of you,

Today we are stopping the clock to remember the dead.
We are doing so as one nation.
Together we lost what we could not lose, 77 lives.

Together we defeated hatred.
Together we embrace openness, tolerance and fellowship.

We have cried together with you who were forced to say a last goodbye at the graveside.
We commiserate with those of you who cannot forget the images, the sounds and the smells of that black Friday.

We have thanked those of you who saved lives.
Thank you to those of you who have mitigated the pain.

Every candle has warmed.
Every thought has comforted.
Every rose has given hope.

We are a small country, but a proud nation.

Together we have many questions.
Together we are looking for honest answers.
Not to blame other people than the perpetrator,
But to know, to learn, to proceed.

In respect for those who were torn away we must look ahead.
It also means parting.
In everyday life differences and disagreements await us.
Variety and diversity,
We welcome that.

We must address three tasks in the spirit of solidarity we experienced in connection with 22 July.

The first is that we must see those of you who have only just begun to walk the path of grief.

It is difficult for us to fully grasp the depth of the grief of losing a loved one in such a way.

The empty chair during Sunday dinner,

A birthday without the birthday child,

The first Christmas.

You can help.
Bake a cake, invite someone in for coffee. Go for a walk together.
Kindness is our greatest asset.

The second task is to be alert to any signs of extremism.
We must learn from the young.
We must counter hatred with arguments.

We must invite in those who have gone astray.
We must oppose those who want to use violence.
We must meet them with all the weapons of democracy.
We must meet them everywhere.

Our third task is to create safety and security.
Good preparedness creates security.
Police in the streets creates security.
To Control, Exercise, to Equip.

We must do all of this.
But we need something even more important.
We need you.

No matter where you live.
No matter what god you worship.

Each and every one of us can take responsibility.
Each and every one of us can guard our freedom.

Together we make an unbreakable chain of solidarity, democracy, safety and security.

That is our protection against violence.



Published on Sunday, 21st August, 2011 at 23:58 under the news category, by John Price   .

This post has the following tags: oslospektrummemorial, jensstoltenberg, utoeya, oslobomb.





  
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