Film unleashed tears from Breivik

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SEE THE VIDEO: Terror defendant Anders Behring Breivik displayed little if any emotion when his trial started in the Oslo City Court on Monday. He broke into tears, though, when prosecutors showed the court a 12-minute propaganda film Breivik had made about his own battle against multi-culturalism.

Anders Behring Breivik identifying himself in court on Monday. He's flanked by his defense attorneys and behind him are survivors of his attacks and the families of his victims. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/Views and News

Breivik earlier in the day had been stoic, showing no emotion at all when prosecutor Inga Bejer Engh spent around an hour-and-a-half reading off the names of all his victims and how they died during his attacks of July 22.

On a few occasions he smiled, otherwise he barely flinched when legal proceedings got underway.

Just before the court recessed for lunch, however, Engh’s co-counsel Svein Holden made introductory remarks including an overview of Breivik’s life from 1995 until last year, when he bombed government headquarters and massacred 69 persons attending a Labour Party summer camp. He killed a total of 77 persons.

Breivik has repeatedly said he has no regrets, and he showed no remorse at his custody hearings either. But when Holden thought the court should see a short propaganda film Breivik made that was related to his fears of Muslim dominance in Norway and Europe, Breivik started to cry.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), one of two broadcast outlets allowed to air Monday’s proceedings, had opted against showing the propaganda film itself. NRK cut back in with video from the courtroom, however, when Breivik’s eyes welled up with tears.

A psychiatrist following the proceedings was surprised by the first sign of emotion from Breivik, but suggested it indicates that he is “extremely pre-occupied with himself and his own cause.” She also believed the video showed signs of narcissistic tendencies. An NRK commentator notes that Breivik’s tears were among the “most dramatic” events to come out of Monday’s proceedings.

See the video here (in Norwegian):

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund

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