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Nearly 40,000 Norwegians gathered to sing "Children of the Rainbow" near where Anders Behring Breivik is on trial.
Tens of thousands of Norwegians gathered across the country in the rain on Thursday to protest Anders Behring Breivik's ideology by singing a song celebrating multiculturalism, according to the Associated Press.
As the ninth day of Breivik's trial began, nearly 40,000 Norwegians gathered in Oslo alone, to sing a song that Breivik claimed was Marxist propaganda used to brainwash children into supporting immigration.
Lillebjørn Nilsen, a folk singer, led the crowd in the song "Children of the Rainbow," a Norwegian version of American folk singer Pete Seeger's "My Rainbow Race," said the AP.
According to CNN, the Norwegian version describes a "World where – every sister and every brother – shall live together – like small children of the rainbow."
Nilsen said, "It's we who win," as the crowd swayed, with some holding roses and others weeping, according to Reuters.
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The crowd then marched several blocks from the public square to the district courthouse where Breivik is on trial for killing 77 people in bombing and shooting attacks on July 22, 2011, and dropped roses outside.
The court's chief justice, Geir Engebretsen, said it was a beautiful scene, stating, "It’s a very moving manifestation of Norwegian culture," according to CNN.
Inside the courtroom, survivors from the car bomb set off by Breivik gave testimony. Anne Helene Lund, 24, was in a coma for a month after standing 23 feet from the explosion. When she woke up, she had lost her memory, according to CBS News.
Harald Foesker, another survivor who lost 80 percent of his vision said, "I was spitting teeth," according to Reuters. He had to have his face restored after the bombing.
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Trond Henry Blattman, the father of one of the 69 killed on Utøya in the shooting attacks, told the crowds, "That you come here today is saying ‘never again,'" according to The Christian Science Monitor.
Blattman added, "We do this because we have faith in a totally different Norway than that portrayed by the perpetrator. We stand up for a world that our irreplaceable stood for: an open, warm, inclusive, and democratic Norway."
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Here is the video of the singing protest, via NPR: