"As the rainbow capital, Berlin stands by the side of the people in Oslo and all of Norway who are grieving," announced Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD). "We will always fight for freedom and confront the enemies of democracy and our values," the head of the Senate emphasised.
Senate: Berlin stands by the side of the people mourning in Norway
After the terrorist attack in Oslo, the state of Berlin expressed its sympathy on Sunday.
Commemoration: Around 200 people on Paris Square on Saturday
An attacker had fired shots around a popular gay bar in Oslo on Saturday night. Two men were killed, more than 20 people injured. The Norwegian secret service PST classifies the attack as an Islamist terrorist attack. In Berlin on Saturday evening, according to police, around 200 people commemorated the victims. The commemoration on Pariser Platz in the centre of Berlin took place without incident, a police spokesperson said on Sunday. The participants displayed rainbow flags, one wore a luminous cape.
"Strong sign of solidarity and against queer hostility after Oslo"
The event was called for by the Lesbian and Gay Association Berlin-Brandenburg (LSVD). "As a Berlin community, we are sending a strong sign of solidarity and against queer hostility to Oslo," it said in a statement. On Sunday evening, the Brandenburg Gate was to be illuminated in the colours of the rainbow, according to the Senate.