Anders Behring Breivik appeared in court today, charged with
terrorism for his attacks in Oslo and at an island youth camp. In
the evening, Norwegians held mass rallies in memory of the 76 people
who were killed.
Flashes of anger appeared in a subdued but increasingly defiant
Oslo today as Norway got its first glimpse of the man accused of
carrying out coordinated attacks that some fear may forever change
this open nation.
The accused, Anders Behring Breivik, made his first appearance in
a closed courtroom today following his arrest on Friday for the car
bombing of government buildings as well as the shooting rampage at a
Norwegian Labor Party youth summer camp that killed 76. Authorities
today downgraded the death toll from their original estimate of 93
"The situation on the island on Friday night was quite chaotic,"
said Oystein Maeland, Norway's national police commissioner,
describing the island of Utoya where Mr. Breivik allegedly mowed
down 68 at the camp during an hour-long shooting spree. "It might
have been that some victims were counted twice."
Mr. Maeland said the number of dead could still rise. Police said
they were also investigating a remark the accused made in court
referring to "two more cells in our organization," but said they had
little to go on.
Crowds swarmed outside the courthouse, where several youths
attacked and cursed an unmarked car pulling into the building. It
was later revealed that Breivik had arrived in a different vehicle.
In the evening, the mood changed as Norwegians held mass rallies
around the country to commemorate the victims of Breivik's attacks.
Crown Prince Haakon said in Oslo that "tonight the streets are
filled with love."
Breivik will remain in jail for the next eight weeks without
access to mail or media outlets as police continue to investigate.
He will also spend the first four weeks in total isolation and
prosecutors can request to extend his detention, which is scheduled
to end Sept. 26.
Oslo district court Judge Kim Heger said the 32-year-old Oslo
resident admitted to the facts of the case but has not pleaded
guilty to terrorism charges. "The accused believes that he need to
carry out these acts in order to save Norway and Western Europe
from, among other things, cultural Marxism and Muslim takeover," Mr.
Heger said while reading from the court's ruling.
Breivik sought to shock Norwegians and cripple the governing
Labor party, the judge said, which Breivik blamed for having "failed
the country and the people."
Breivik's statements to police and the court paint the picture of
a man hostile toward multicultural societies and harboring strong
xenophobic opinions, especially toward Norway's more recent
immigrants from Muslim countries. …