Video threatens Crown Prince, Stoltenberg with ‘painful revenge’

newsinenglish.no 18 January 2012
By Nina Berglund

A video published on the social media site Facebook threatens Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store with both "painful revenge” and death, in retaliation for Norway’s military involvement in Afghanistan. The video promotes a demonstration organized by an Islamic group and planned for Friday in front of the Norwegian Parliament.

The video, accompanied by music, shows photos of wounded Afghan children and armed Norwegian soldiers along with a photo of Stoltenberg at a NATO conference in Strasbourg. Under his photo is text, in Norwegian, that reads "A Allah odelegg dem” (Oh Allah, destroy them).

The next photo on the video, which was also published in an edited version by Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on its website Tuesday afternoon, shows Crown Prince Haakon in a military uniform, visiting Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan. The text under his photo reads the same, but adds "la det vare smertefullt” (let it be painful). The Royal Palace had no comment. One photo of Store is accompanied by text that reads, roughly translated, "show them hell.”

Many of the photos used in the video appear to come from the photo archives of the defense ministry, which are open to the press and public. Among them is a photo of Stoltenberg climbing out of a tank in Afghanistan, and others of military maneuvers around areas where Norwegian troops have been stationed. (...)