Commotion in Oslo after the attack on a bar frequented by the LGTBI + collective, which left two dead and twenty wounded, in full Gay Pride celebrations. A “hate crime” for many, which the Norwegian intelligence services consider an act of “extremist Islamist terrorism”. The attacker, arrested after the shooting, is a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen of Iranian origin, who has been targeted by the secret services since 2015 due to the danger of radicalization.
The authorities raised the terrorist alert level from three to five, the maximum. And the Oslo Pride organization suspended all the events that were to be held this Saturday.
“It is a very dark day in sunny Oslo, because we were expecting a happy and lively parade through our streets, where people would celebrate Pride (LGBT) after three years of pandemic and other breaks. Instead, we live a dark day after being struck by terror. Everything indicates that it was an attack by an Islamist extremist,” said Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister of Norway.
“We are gays, we are not going to disappear”
An impromptu parade marched through the Grønland neighborhood in central Oslo after the official parade was cancelled. One of the most chanted slogans was: “Here we are, we are gay, we are not going to disappear”.