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I Survived Anders Breivik’s Terrorist Attack. But His Politics Are Still With Us.

Ali Esbati, now an MP for the Swedish Left Party, survived Anders Breivik’s terror attack on the island of Utøya on July 22, 2011. (Nikolaj Jonas Blegvad / Wikimedia Commons) Today marks ten years since the July 22, 2011, attacks in Norway, in which far-right terrorist Anders Breivik murdered seventy-seven people. After setting a car bomb in central Oslo, which killed eight and injured hundreds, Breivik headed for the island of Utøya, where the youth wing of the Norwegian Labour Party was holding its summer camp. Arriving in a homemade police uniform, Breivik gunned down sixty-nine people, in Norway’s deadliest atrocity since World War II. A subsequent trial found that Breivik prepared the attack by himself. Yet the political “mission” he claimed for his actions was not his alone. In a manifesto he circulated the same day, heavily drawing on mainstream right-wing media , Breivik expressed his war on “ cultural Marxism ” and immigration in the name of defending European civilization. Today an MP for Sweden’s Left Party, Ali Esbati was one of the survivors of the Utøya attack. At the time, he was working for the Norwegian left-wing think tank Manifest, and he was a lecturer at […]

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