The most disagreement occurred when we asked about the political reactions to the terror attack. Three out of five believe we have not confronted right-wing extremism enough, whilst just over one in five disagree. As many as a third of respondents believe that the Labour Party has politically exploited July 22.
How can racism threaten demmocracies?
The legal protection of the freedom of speech has first and foremost been a way to secure that states, formally and in reality, does not limit or intervene in individuals' freedom of speech.
The freedom of speech is not absolute. There are several statutory limitations in the freedom of speech, like the prohibition against making threats, defamation, invasion of privacy, harassment and severe pornographic, discriminating and hateful statements.
After 22 July, my engagement has almost become a fundamental part of my identity. What we are fighting for, for democracy and our free society, are some of the most important things in my life. [...] I almost feel obliged on behalf of those who are no longer here to carry on that fight.
We also need to understand it from a political context. If we are unable to understand the political context, we cannot fully understand why it happened, how it happened and the consequences it should or will have. A lack of political debate could also lead to a lack of political priorities. Such as help for survivors.
I chose to become a teacher, teaching older children. To contribute to ensuring that this would never happen again. I did it for Anders, Gunnar, Simon, Johannes and all the others who did not get a chance to grow up. [...] The new curricula make it crystal clear that pupils must be equipped to learn and understand, but it is incredibly difficult to manage the legacy in a positive manner when the politicians fail to lead the way.
September 11th changed the world. It changed my life. It changed American society. It changed our way of flying, geopolitics. July 22nd, it didn’t even change Norway. Yes, we have this wound and we have to recover and it will never be as it used to be. But what has changed?
Instead of taking proper action to weed out islamophobia and racism after 22 July, a lot of the public discourse has been about freedom of speech: That it is too easy to offend Muslims. We are no longer considered just a security problem but also a challenge to free speech.
The word revenge has very seldom come out. So retribution in this trial is not so much about revenge, but more about putting back what is right and wrong and focusing on how can we prevent something like this from happening again in the future.
Today, we are all members of the AUF.
If we are to keep our promise that this will not happen again, someone has to be there and keep saying ‘This was not an incident, this was a terror attack – not only was it an attack on democracy, but also an attack on our social democratic values.
Many people find it very difficult to talk about violence and harassment towards immigrants in the wake of the bombing. The majority want to preserve the memories of a cohesive community and say that they do not want to bring the negative debate back to life.
Of course, the tragedy changes Norway, but it is our choice how Norway is going to change #osloexpl #utoya
Hi, I am 13 years old and as a Norwegian Muslim I feel like it is my fault. He says he killed everyone because I am here. Should I emigrate to protect Norwegian children in the future? That is how I feel. - Sophia.
Went through my facebook, and thus has fewer friends. Hatred and prejudice have no place now. Head cold, heart warm. #utøya #oslo
No one can take from us the Norway that we want. Tonight the streets are filled with love.
We are the best contingency in society. You, me, us. All of us who make up our community. The discussions we have. The words we use. When we stand up together against injustice and against the words that create fear and violence. When we learn our own history. That is how we build the society we want.
"As a nation we will keep this time in our hearts, in our experience - and remember that we have been given a new awareness of what really matters to us".
"We must never give up our values. We must show that our open society can pass this test too. That the answer to violence is even more democracy. Even more humanity. But never naivety."