Gathering outside the Oslo court where confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is being tried, more than 40,000 Norwegians on Thursday in unison sang a song that he hates.
The massive crowd, with umbrellas in the rain, sang “Children of the Rainbow,” a Norwegian version of Pete Seeger’s “My Rainbow Race.”
The singer, Lillebjorn Nilsen, led the choir of people singing the song, The Norway Post said, siting NRK. Lyrics of the song include a “world where—every sister and every brother—shall live together—like small children of the rainbow,” the Post said.
During his trial, Breivik said the song is an example of Marxist influence on traditional Norwegian culture, saying it promotes multiculturalism. Breivik said he launched his attack on ordinary Norwegians last year to protect his country from the threat of Islam and multiculturalism.
One of the women behind organizing the singing, Christine Bar, said they “had not expected there to be so many” people joining in, the Dagbladet reported.
The ministers of culture from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland also joined in the choir, the Post said.
Breivik, 33, has confessed to shooting and killing 69 people on the island of Utoya and detonating a bomb in Oslo that killed 8 last summer.