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Norway Utøya bereaved visit island. Relatives of the 69 Utøya youths killed by Anders Behring Breivik are visiting the island today, starting a weekend of official remembrance. Jon Lea, Director of the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning  (DSB), which is responsible for coordinating the visit, says to NRK, “they shall be met with dignity, and not experience any feeling they are part of a major event. Accompanying each family will be an individual from the Red Cross, and police will be available to answer any questions, according to Mr Lea.

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Norway Utøya bereaved visit island

Published on Friday, 19th August, 2011 at 10:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 19th August 2011 at 15:59.

Relatives of the 69 Utøya youths killed by Anders Behring Breivik are visiting the island today, starting a weekend of official remembrance.

Memorial on Utøya
Memorial on Utøya
Photo: Henrik Lied, NRK/Flickr


Jon Lea, Director of the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning  (DSB), which is responsible for coordinating the visit, says to NRK, “they shall be met with dignity, and not experience any feeling they are part of a major event.

Accompanying each family will be an individual from the Red Cross, and police will be available to answer any questions, according to Mr Lea.

“We have planned every detail to ensure that relatives, those left behind, and survivors are given a dignified experience, and can concentrate fully on what is happening on the island,” says Nordre Buskerud Police Superintendant Stig Væråmoen.

Officials expect approximately 1,500, with tomorrow reserved mainly for AUF members and survivors of the massacre.

“In doing this, we wish to give the bereaved and survivors the opportunity to visit Utøya within a professional and justifiable framework,” says Minister of Justice Knut Storberget in a press statement.

On Sunday, a day Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has declared as an official day of mourning, a memorial concert will be held in Oslo Spektrum from 3pm. Artists include a-ha, and the concert will be transmitted on NRK and other Norwegian media channels.

Preceding the concert is a memorial ceremony, which the government says was decided upon “in consultation with the political Parties in Parliament.”

Those invited are the bereaved, survivors, the Royal Family, emergency service and relief workers, police, army personnel, the Norwegian Red Cross and People’s Aid, those who have contributed to helping out with the recovery from the disasters, and officials.

Amongst others, the Parliament, Government, Diplomatic Corps, President of the Sami Parliament, Norwegian Church representatives, Nordic Prime Ministers, have also been asked to attend.

The memorial programme is available on government web pages, whilst details of other events can be found here (external link).

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Published on Friday, 19th August, 2011 at 10:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 19th August 2011 at 15:59.

This post has the following tags: norwaynationalmourning, jensstoltenberg, utoeyashootings, oslobombing, andersbehringbreivik.





  
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