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The grief was transformed into a spontaneous pride parade along Karl Johan

A steady shout began to echo between the houses: ”We are here, we are queer, we won’t disappear”.

We are here, and we do not intend to disappear.

In central Oslo, it was 15 o’clock on Saturday afternoon and at the same time, a few blocks away, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre began the government’s press conference:

– Today we would have filled the streets with joy, instead they are filled with sorrow, said Gahr Støre.

Sorrow, yes, and silence. It marked the morning hours around Rosenkrantz gate where five large flower collections were soon created.

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Photo: Beatrice Lundborg

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Photo: Beatrice Lundborg

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Photo: Beatrice Lundborg


But the early The order from the organizers Oslo Pride and the association FRI that the parade had been canceled, too many did not want to agree to. At 2 pm, at the same time as the security service announced that the terrorist threat level had been raised to the highest level, perhaps 500 pride participants gathered in the park in front of the Storting.

Soon they began to march along Karl Johan up to the Castle and along the way more and more people joined. From the parade street’s outdoor cafes, the spontaneous parade was met by standing ovations.

In the 30-degree heat turned the train back down along Karl Johan before turning up to the flower collections and the police cordon at Bargatan, where two had been shot dead and about ten seriously injured half a day earlier.

The spontaneous pride train passed the castle.

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The spontaneous pride train passed the castle.

Photo: Beatrice Lundborg

The spontaneous pride parade stopped in front of the barricades.

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The spontaneous pride parade stopped in front of the barricades.

Photo: Lars Näslund

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Photo: Beatrice Lundborg


Now the spontaneous pride parade suddenly consisted of several thousand participants. ”We will not be silenced” (“We will not be silenced”), the text read one of many posters.

And so crashed Whitney Houston’s “I wanna Dance With Somebody” came loose from a large speaker, and from the protest train, smiles suddenly burst forth.

At the same time, the organizers called on the whole of Norway to keep up – on social media, under the hashtag #walkwithpride.

– We can continue to be proud and visible, let us be in the neighborhood, with family, loved ones. We also urge all our pillars and allies to participate in local events and show solidarity, said the leader of the association Fri Inge Alexander Gjestvang in a statement.

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