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Just a video link here of 40.000 Norwegians (including myself) singing the Norwegian (and then, English) version of Pete Seeger's "My Rainbow Race" in Oslo today as a peaceful protest against mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.
The Norwegian version, "Barn av Regnbuen" ("Children Of The Rainbow"), was a huge hit for Norwegian singer/songwriter Lillebjørn Nilsen in 1973, topping the Norwegian singles charts for weeks. It has since become established as a singalong staple. Breivik himself has said in court that he hates this song because it he claims it is a marxist song, being used to brainwash Norwegian children in schools.
So there, some girls on Facebook decided to invite people to sing this song as a protest against Breivik. They hoped for maybe 2.000 people. 40.000 showed up, including Lillebjørn Nilsen himself who sang "lead vocals" and also took the chance to present the English version, as many Norwegians don't realize it is actually a Pete Seeger song.
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