Oslo holds solidarity march after deadly June attack outside gay bar
Tens of thousands of people marched through Norway’s capital Oslo on Saturday in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community following a fatal shooting at a gay bar in June.
A large Pride parade was originally scheduled to take place in Oslo on June 25, but the night before an attacker suddenly fired gunshots outside the popular venue.
Saturday’s march was not meant to replace the canceled parade, but rather be a colorful parade dedicated to love, organizers said.
Organizers spoke of around 60,000 participants in the march, which also passed the bar in question, Norwegian radio reported.
The crowd included Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, several members of his cabinet and other politicians. “We are taking to the streets again,” Støre told NTB news agency.
The 43-year-old attacker is in custody on terrorism charges.
The assailant opened fire outside the London Pub, an LGBTQ+ nightclub, and other venues in the early hours of June 25. Many were gathered in the streets waiting for the Oslo Pride Parade. Two people died and 21 others were injured.
Norwegian intelligence agency PST classified the incident as an Islamist terrorist attack. The man, a Norwegian of Iranian origin, was arrested just minutes after the first shots were fired.
Police are investigating, among other possibilities, the theory that the attack was explicitly directed against the gay community.