A crowd of people gathered on Tjarnarbakki by the pond in the center of Reykjavík to show the Norwegian people solidarity and compassion following the attack and the shooting on Friday afternoon. The Norwegian ambassador to Iceland, Dag Wernø Holter addressed the assembly; a performance of a musicial piece by Grieg and a minute’s silence followed.
Attendees attempted to float candles but it proved difficult in the prevailing strong winds of yesterday afternoon, a reporter for Stöd 2 newsroom reported last night.
The assembly was organized by the Icelandic Young Social Democratic league, and following the assembly people were invited to sign their name in a memorial guest book to be delivered to the Norwegian embassy on Monday; the book was placed in the lobby of Reykjavík’s Municipal building, mbl.is reported yesterday.
The Bishop of Iceland, Karl Sigurbjörnsson encourages priests to remember the Norwegian people in today‘s church services; a memorial service will be held in the Dómkirkja, Reykjavík’s cathedral, at 11 am today. It will be led by Bishop Sigurbjörnsson and a Norwegian delegate, Silje Anne Kleiv will address the congregation, mbl.is reports.
In a letter from Bishop Sigurbjörnsson to priests, quoted by mbl.is, he asked for a special prayer to be had for both the victims and the survivors of the horror of Friday afternoon, as well as the grieving families and friends. He also encouraged a prayer for the governments and the Norwegian leadership as well as all those responsible for security and law enforcement.
It was obvious the attendees were grieving by the tragic events aa many took the time to sign the memorial guest book after the gathering, ruv.is reports.