Anders Behring Breivik Anti-Immigrant Views Defended By Members Of Europe's Far Right
After one of the biggest tragedies to hit Norway since World War II, Europe's far right groups have defended the anti-immigrant rhetoric of accused mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.
The first to back Breivik's anti-immigration perspective was Francesco Speroni, a leading member of Italy's Northern League, and an ally and partner in Berlusconi's conservative coalition, reports the Guardian.
"Breivik's ideas are in defense of western civilisation," Speroni told a radio station Wednesday.
European parliamentarian Mario Borghezio of Italy also approved Breivik's views, reports the BBC.
According to BBC reports, Borghezio told Il Sole-24 Ore radio station, "Some of the ideas he expressed are good, barring the violence. Some of them are great."
But Italy wasn't alone in expressing sympathy for Breivik's views.
Jacques Coutela, a member of France's National Front party, was suspended after writing a blog post that supported Breivik, referring to him as an "icon", reports the AP.
A National Front spokesman confirmed his suspension for expressing views which were contrary to the party. Coutela has since removed the post, with a note saying that he "denounce[d]" Breivik's acts.
Stephen Lennon from the English Defense League (EDL) referred to the mass killings in Norway as a warning sign reports the Scotsman.
"What happened in Oslo shows how desperate some people are becoming in Europe," said Mr Lennon. "It's a ticking time bomb. If they don't give that frustration and anger a platform as such and a voice - and a way of getting emotion out in a democratic way - it will create monsters like this lunatic."
Breivik has posted comments online about the EDL, but the League is reportedly investigating his claims to have contacts with its members.