A number of British neo-Nazi activists have publicly praised Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, with some going so far as to call him a “role model.”
A week after Breivik was convicted and sentenced for killing 77 people in Oslo last year, a series of messages appeared on Facebook, posted by members of the English Defense League (EDL) and the National Front, praising the 33-year-old's deadly rampage.
One of the posts states: "[Breivik] is truly inspirational. He sacrificed his life so Europe might be free again from the clutches of Islam and cultural Marxism, multiculturalism and political correctness. I see him as my role model, what every European man needs to be in order for Europe to survive."
The post then appealed to friends on the site to sign a petition to free Breivik, who is serving a 21-year sentence, the maximum sentence allowed by Norwegian law.
Another message, posted by a member of a 'Christian resistance' group called Order 777, said that Breivik deserved a medal "for the groundbreaking performance to blow up his Marxist traitor government building."
EDL leader Stephen Lennon said that while the killings were "obviously wrong," he believes that the court ruling that declared that Breivik had been sane, "gives a certain credibility to what he had been saying … that Islam is a threat to Europe," The Observer reported.
Breivik released a YouTube video six hours before the attacks calling for conservatives to "embrace martyrdom."
It included pictures of him wearing a wetsuit and pointing an automatic weapon.
In a text with the video he detailed his plans for the attacks, writing that he would “dress up as a police officer,” saying that it would “be awesome as people will be astonished.”