23 Jul 2011

Norway attacks: Anders Behring Breivik profile

Anders Behring Breivik is the man accused of killing scores of people on the island of Utoya and in a bomb attack in Oslo. Channel 4 News investigates his alleged right-wing sympathies.

Six-feet tall and blond, the man charged with mass murder in twin attacks in Norway, Anders Behring Breivik, is known to have extremist right-wing sympathies.

According to Norwegian police and posts he has made online, Breivik supports far-right ideologies and has called for the formation of a “cultural Euro-Tea Party” referring to the grass-roots right-wing organisation in the US supported by Sarah Palin.

Born in 1979, little else is known about Mr Breivik. He has an apparent in-depth knowledge of political philosophy, and is registered as the owner of a “geo-farm” something which would mean he could order several tonnes of fertiliser, a known bomb-making component, unchallenged.

The Twitter profile of Anders Behring Breivik who is accused of killing scores of people in twin attacks in Norway

Alleged English Defence League links

In posts on a Norwegian website, Breivik shows he has an interest and deep, current knowledge of UK far-right politics. In one posting he called for the establishment of a “Norwegian EDL” and he claims to have had contact with it and another far-right organisation, Stop the Islamification of Europe.

He commented: “I have on some occasions discussed with SIOE and EDL and recommended them to use conscious strategies.

He believes that the tactics of the EDL are “now to entice an overreaction from Jihad Youth / Extreme-Marxists something they have succeeded several times already. The reaction has been repeatedly shown on the news which has booster EDLs ranks high. This has also benefited GDP. WinWin for both”

Both groups are known to organise via social media such as Facebook. One Facebook user who says he was once with the EDL also claimed that Brievik had been on his friend list. The EDL has not responded to a Channel 4 News request for an interview to clarify if it has had contact with Breivik.

Anti-Muslim views

Other posts under Breivik’s name criticise European policies of trying to accommodate the cultures of different ethnic groups, and claim a significant minority of young British Muslims back radical Islamic militancy.

Breivik had also been a member of the Progress Party, the second largest in parliament, the party’s head of communications Fredrik Farber said. Breivik was a member from 2004 to 2006 and in its youth party from 1997-2006/2007.

Despite this, Norwegian police say they still do not know for sure what motivated Breivik to carry out the attacks.

EDL is an example and a Norwegian version is the only way to prevent Flash / SOS to harass Norwegian cultural conservatives from other fronts. Creating a Norwegian EDL should be No.3 on the agenda after we have started up a cultural conservative newspaper with national distribution.
The agenda of the Norwegian cultural conservative movement over the next five years are therefore:
1. Newspaper with national distribution
2. Work for control of several NGOs
3. Norwegian EDL

(Above: Extract from online post by Anders Behring Breivik)