The youth wing of Norway’s Labour party on Thursday opened its second summer camp on Utøya island since 2011’s horrific massacre with a tough call for more radical policies ahead of next year’s election.
In his opening speech AUF leader Mani Hussaini called for Norway’s Labour Party to raise taxes, and reinstitute inheritance tax, in return for his organisation’s support in next year’s election.
“It is only with the efforts of AUF-ers across the country that Jonas can become Prime Minister in a year,” Hussaini said ahead of Støre’s visit to the island on Friday. “The efforts we will make not give away for free. We have clear requirements for what we expect from the Labour Party, and we expect to be heard.”
Last year’s camp was largely about AUF returning to Utøya, which hosted its annual summer camp from the 1950s until far-Right extremist Anders Behring Breivik launched his massacre on July 22, 2011.
But this year, Hussaini seemed concerned to reinstitute the AUF as a radical voice in Norway’s Labour movement, with the camp having the theme, “We build the country for the future."
In his speech, Hussaini listed gay marriage, the right to a high school education, and giving one percent of GDP to the world's poor, as Labour policies which started as AUF proposals.
“These have become Norwegian policy because the AUF has had clear demands. Now we need to make new demands,” he said.
About 1,000 participants came to this year’s summer camp, up from the approximately 600 who attended in the year Breivik attacked.
“Utøya is AUF’s heart. This is our home,” Hussaini said to cheers in his opening speech. “Little did I know how much this place would mean for me. Utøya is almost like a best friend.”
This year’s camp will be attended by Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, with music from Norwegian rappers Erik and Kris.
After Breivik opened fire at the camp, he hunted down participants around the 0.12 square kilometre island for an hour and fifteen minutes, shooting many at near point blank range in the head.
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His stated aim was to wipe out the future leaders of Norway's Labour movement, who he blamed for Islamic immigration into Norway.
Breivik was in 2012 sentenced to a 21-year prison sentence, which can be extended indefinitely as long as he is considered a danger to society.