Terror survivor’s call for open speech on extremism

Bjorn Ihler read Anders Breivik’s book only a week after jumping into lake Tyrifjorden in Norway to escape the terrorist’s bullets.

Bjorn was one of the survivors on Utoya island where Breivik killed 77 people in July 2011.

What Bjorn found in the far-right “manifesto” surprised him.

“His worldview was not purely driven by hatred,” he says. “It was much more about fear of what was happening to his society.

“This was a guy who grew up in the same city as me, we had similar backgrounds, we went to similar schools, but he saw the world in a completely different way.”

Since this experience, 26-year-old Bjorn devoted his life to trying to keep other young people from following a similar path to Breivik.


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