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Icelandic Young Social Democrats in Mourning

By Iceland Review

The Icelandic Young Social Democratic Party is in mourning following the tragic events of last Friday in Norway; Icelandic Young Social Democrats have attended the camp in Utoy on previous occasions and knew many of the victims and the survivors.

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From Oslo. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The shooting in Utoy is a personal tragedy to many of the members in the Icelandic division of the Young Social Democratic Party. Gudrún Jóna Jónsdóttir, a spokesperson for the group who spoke to Morgunbladid told reporters “it was hard to describe the emotional rollercoaster we went through after hearing the news; its hard to believe such horrific events hit so close to home and that we’ve had to witness such evil.”

Norwegian Young Social Democrats (AUF) are very prominent on the national political scene and emphasize the Nordic values. “The youths involved in the party are actively promoting peace and equality for all; they want an open society,” Gudrún explained.

„I am certain the events will have a positive effect on all political movements of good will,” she told Morgunbladid when asked of the effects the two attacks will have on the political landscape.

Members of the Icelandic Young Social Democratic Party will attend the international Assembly of Young Social Democrats in Vienna, Austria tomorrow, where groups from around the globe come together. Security measures for the conference have been increased but armed guards will not be necessary for individual groups and participants.

Next week, members from the Icelandic group will attend the national assembly in Sweden. “We must stand by our friends in times like these,” Jónsdóttir told Morgunbladid.

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