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The Foreigner Utøya survivor: ‘You failed’, Anders Behring Breivik. A survivor of the Utøya island massacre has addressed a defiant open letter to Anders Behring Breivik. “Many of my friends I met on Utøya are dead, and you are the perpetrator. You are the man who, by coincidence, didn’t kill me. I was lucky,” writes 16-year-old Ivar Benjamin Østebø to Breivik. ''You might think that you have won. You might think that you have ruined something for the Labour Party and for people around the world who stand for a multicultural society by killing my friends and fellow Party members,” continues Ivar, who lost five friends in the tragedy of July 22nd.

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Utøya survivor: ‘You failed’, Anders Behring Breivik

Published on Tuesday, 2nd August, 2011 at 18:29 under the news category, by Alexandra Spinu.
Last Updated on 2nd August 2011 at 21:10.

A survivor of the Utøya island massacre has addressed a defiant open letter to Anders Behring Breivik.



“Many of my friends I met on Utøya are dead, and you are the perpetrator. You are the man who, by coincidence, didn’t kill me. I was lucky,” writes 16-year-old Ivar Benjamin Østebø to Breivik.

''You might think that you have won. You might think that you have ruined something for the Labour Party and for people around the world who stand for a multicultural society by killing my friends and fellow Party members,” continues Ivar, who lost five friends in the tragedy of July 22nd.

“Know that you have failed”, reads Ivar’s letter published on Facebook, reproduced in its entirety today by Dagbladet and The Independent.

“You have not only unified the world but set our souls on fire, and should know we’ve never stood together as we do now. You talk about yourself as a hero, a knight. You are no hero. But one thing is certain: you have created heroes. You created some of the greatest heroes that the world has seen on that warm July day on Utøya, you gathered the entire World's people. Black or white, man or woman, children or adults, red or blue, Christian or Muslim.”

The 16-year-old managed to hide in the river along with other young people when they heard the gunshots. He escaped alive, running towards the police who arrived on the island.

“Many are angry; you're Norway’s most hated man. I am not angry. I am not afraid. You cannot touch us, we are bigger than you. We fight evil with good. And we win,” ends Ivar in his letter.

69 people were killed on the attack on Utøya on 22nd Jun. Anders Behring Breivik has recognised his acts. He is currently remanded in custody for eight weeks, four of them in solitary confinement, in Ila maximum security prison.

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Published on Tuesday, 2nd August, 2011 at 18:29 under the news category, by Alexandra Spinu.
Last updated on 2nd August 2011 at 21:10.

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





  
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