The afternoon of July 22, 2011 shocked Norway and left the world in disbelief. The events of that day shook the Norwegian people to their core when one sick man perpetuated the most inhumane acts of extremism – indiscriminately taking the lives of 77 people.
The domestic terrorist meant to change the fabric of Norwegian society. The bomb attack in central Oslo and the massacre on the island of Utøya assaulted Norway’s unparalleled dedication to the principles of political pluralism, liberty, and diversity. Although stunned, Norwegians responded by doubling down on the values of communal openness and equality. Norway united in an uncompromising defence of freedom, democracy, and tolerance to overcome these horrendous events.
Whether racial or religious – terror and violence will always remain an instrument for those who wish to undermine democracy. The International Young Democrat Union believes that there is no better way to fight back against these forces of evil than by working collectively across borders. We unite in our common principles, upholding political liberty, personal freedom, equality of opportunity, and economic development under the rule of law. Together we can create a freer and more secure world.
IYDU strives to fight unceasingly against any form of extremism through education and increased international co-operation, promoting the values that our political forbearers have entrusted to us. Every single victim of the Norwegian tragedy should never be extinguished from our minds. We owe that to all who suffered unnecessarily in the fight for a more free and democratic world. We will not let their loss be in vain.
IYDU, along with all freedom loving peoples, unites in remembrance for our brothers and sisters, gone too soon. We must never forget, nor take for granted, our fragile existence in a world of spreading fanaticism. Ours is a just cause and our fight marches on.