Iranian-Norwegian lawmakers Masud Gharahkhani and Mahmoud Farahmand have condemned an attack on an Iranian-born man in Oslo that killed two people and injured eight others.
Gharahkhani, the speaker of Norway’s parliament, said the weekend shooting near the London Pub, which describes itself on its website as “Oslo’s biggest gay and lesbian venue”, reminded him of “how hate grows on social media when we celebrate gender diversity.” , and that is sad and unacceptable.”
In an interview with Radio Farda on June 27, Farahmand, a Tory MP, said the attack showed that freedoms must be defended more vigorously than ever and that “the use of violence” must be resisted.
The 43-year-old Iranian-born politician, who represents the Conservative Party (Hoyre), added that without individual freedoms “a democratic society cannot survive”.
The suspect, a Norwegian citizen of Iranian origin accused of terrorism, was known to police and had previously been detained on “minor convictions”, according to prosecutor Christian Hatlo.
Oslo’s annual LGBT Pride Parade was scheduled to take place on June 25, but was canceled after the shooting, which took place early that day.
A senior Norwegian police official said only one attacker had been identified in the attack and no other suspects had been identified.