Far-right extremists support Anders Behring Breivik’s view that Norway is under attack, but don’t condone his violent methods, his trial heard today.
Breivik’s defense lawyer called right-wing leaders in Norway to the stand in an attempt to prove other share his views, and he’s not insane.
Tore Tvedt, founder of the neo-Nazi group Vigrid, and said Norway is in the process of being “eradicated” by the Muslim world.
“Norway is at war. It is in the process of being Balkanized,” he said, according to AFP.
Breivik admits to killing 77 people last year, most of them attending a youth retreat for the Labour Party on the island of Utoeya.
He said the party is behind Norway’s growing multicultural society.
About 2 percent of Norway’s 4.9 million people worship Islam, BBC reported.
Breivik has long argued against one court report that declared him insane, which would affect his sentencing.
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Ronny Alte said most of those who share Breivik’s views are online.
“There could easily be around a hundred that I know about,” he said, The Associated Press reported.
However, those who testified for the defense said his violent methods aren’t necessary.
Arne Tumyr, leader of “Stop the Islamisation of Norway,” told court “Islam is an evil political ideology disguised as a religion.”
But also added, “We are a non-violent organization,” according to the AP.
Lawyers representing victims and their families questioned the testimony in court, but defense attorney Geir Lippestad said it proves his client is sane.
“Our aim is not to argue in favor of a political opinion, but to show that the way the accused views the world is shared by others,” he said, according to BBC.
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