Biz fears he will use trial to air extremist views
LONDON — The Norwegian media raised fears Sunday that Anders Behring Breivik, the man accused of killing up to 100 people on the island of Utoya and in Central Oslo on Friday, intended to use media coverage of his trial to air his extremist views.Business daily DN reported that Breivik saw the Oslo bombing and Utoya shooting massacre almost as a marketing operation aimed at promoting a far right manifesto he had written. Other media outlets reported that Breivik saw his trial as the propaganda phase of his mission, according to BBC monitoring of the Norwegian media. Just before the attacks, Breivik posted his 1,500-page manifesto on the Internet via a link on his Facebook page, as well as a 12-minute video, titled “Knights Templar 2083,” on YouTube. In the manifesto, Breivik describes how he prepared himself for the attacks. One section records: “I simulate various future scenarios relating to resistance efforts, confrontations with police, future interrogation scenarios, future court appearances, future media interviews etc.” Both manifesto and video set out his views that a liberal elite is peddling cultural Marxism, which is causing the Islamification of Europe. Among targets in the video is the BBC, with one image showing the BBC’s logo with the “C” changed into an Islamic crescent. The video includes sections on the military campaigns of Christian crusaders in the Middle Ages, as well as photographs of Breivik dressed in a formal military uniform, and in a wet suit brandishing an automatic rifle. Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said his client has asked for an open court hearing “because he wants to explain himself.”
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