WORLD

Norway shooting: Norway shooter gets some support from Europeans

Comment
Decrease Increase Text size

Breivik has confessed to the twin attacks on Oslo's government district and a summer camp for the youth wing of Norway's ruling Labor Party that killed 76 people. He said he carried out the massacre to publicize his calls for expelling Muslims from Europe.

The act of right-wing terrorism stunned a continent that has been grappling with a wave of xenophobia and anti-immigrant violence amid faltering economies, rising unemployment, and ongoing fears about Islamic terror plots.

Lennon, also known as Tommy Robinson, said he has recently taken his group touring in Germany, France and the Netherlands, and finds rising European support for xenophobic groups like his.

"They're going to get bigger and bigger," said Lennon, who is missing several teeth from brawls with police. The EDL leader was convicted Monday of leading a football hooligan street fight and sentenced to 12 months community service.

Lennon also claimed that a man Breivik describes in his manifesto as his mentor - "Richard (the Lionhearted)" - is a former EDL member called Paul Sonato, who was kicked out of the group a few years ago.

Sonato, an English right-wing blogger who now goes by the name Paul Ray, told The Associated Press in an telephone interview from his home in Malta that he never had any dealings with Breivik and condemned the massacre.

"Being implicated in this, I just want the truth to come out and it proven that I'm nothing whatever to do with this," he said.

The 35-year-old blogger said he fled England almost two years ago after being arrested for stirring racial hatred and settled in Malta.

Meanwhile, the defense lawyer for Breivik said he agreed to take the case because he felt the tragedy underscored the need to safeguard democratic traditions like the right to defense counsel.

  1. «
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. »

Would you like to contribute to this story? Join the discussion.

Recommended For You
comments powered by Disqus