Expressing deepest condolences to the family of deceased in Norway massacre, the Youth Organization of Bhutan (YOB) has extended its strong solidarity for the Norwegian Labor Youth’s (AUF) to condemn, what it labeled a ‘heinous crime.’
“It was very shocked to learn about the shooting rampage at the AUF’s annual summer youth camp in Utoya, Norway,” reads the statement, adding- “ AUF, the youth wing of incumbent Party in the government is a very good friend of YOB and the Bhutanese movement. AUF has been always supportive to the Bhutanese movement and has been a strong advocate for immigrant’s rights within the Norway.”
In 2008 at the AUF’s Congress, YOB was invited as international guest and was attended by Aakash Budathoki and also in 2010 as an international guest Chandra Chhetri from Vadso, Norway had attended the same Youth camp where shooting rampage was occurred.
The statement issued by the YOB President, Rajen Giri, further stated that not only AUF, YOB or Norway lost their cadres or friends, but the whole global youth movement had lost its strong advocators of human rights and freedoms.
A powerful bombing in the capital city Oslo and and an indiscriminate shooting initiated by a 32-year Norwegian youth left 93 individuals killed.
The tragedy has left the country with extreme sorrow. In a God service offered in the name of the deceased in Oslo Cathedral today, a majority of people including the royal family members burst into tears.
Analysts say that the massacre was the biggest national tragedy the peaceful Scandinavian country ever experienced after the World War II.
Reported by Ramesh Gautam from Norway for BNS