Activists who tried to glue themselves to a Munch painting in Oslo to be released

The three activists who were arrested on Friday when they tried to glue themselves to a Munch painting at the National Museum in Oslo are to be released, the newspaper Aftenposten reports.

Munch Scream
The three climate activists are charged with inflicting serious damage or complicity in inflicting serious damage. Photo by Perlinator / Pixabay

“The case will be investigated further by a different unit,” police attorney Aase Schartum-Hansen told the newspaper.

The three activists are charged with inflicting serious damage or complicity in inflicting serious damage.

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Two of the climate activists tried to glue themselves to Munch’s painting “The Scream”, while the third activist filmed the attempt.

One of the women has been questioned so far. However, Schartum-Hansen did not want to say what the woman said during the questioning.

According to the police, two of those arrested have taken part in protests in the past.

The environmental organization “Stop oil exploration!” (Norwegian: Stopp oljeletinga), an offshoot of the activist group Extinction Rebellion, was behind the protest.

The organisation told Tidens, a Norwegian culture magazine, that its intention was to “snap people out of their apathy” in order to “arrive at the conversation we want to have”. 

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Norway moves to ban motorcycle club linked to violent crime

Norwegian police have moved to ban the Satudarah Motorcycle Club as the authorities believe the organisation has a predisposition to serious crime.

Norway moves to ban motorcycle club linked to violent crime

Internationally, the club is often connected to drug dealing and organised crime. Authorities in Norway believe the perpetrators of a recent stabbing in Lillestrøm and a shooting in Oslo could be connected to the Satudarah MC (SMC).

The police now want to take Satudarah to court and ban them completely.

“We believe that the main purpose of Satudarah in Norway is to engage in crime,” Anders Rasch-Olsen, the head of the Special Operations Section (SO) in the Oslo Police District, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

In 2021, a new law was introduced that allows courts to ban criminal gangs. The Satudarah motorcycle club is the first organisation that the authorities want to use the law against.

“We now want to test this law for the first time. We believe it is the right tool for us to prevent expansion, further participation and recruitment into certain gangs,” Rasch-Olsen said.

Taking the case to court

State prosecutor Ingelin Hauge wants to take the case to court.

“We believe it’s a criminal gang,” she told NRK.

However, for it to be a criminal offence to participate in Satudarah activities, the association must first be banned. 

Lawyer Usama Ahmad has been asked to represent the club. Ahmad is the lawyer of a 38-year-old man who the police believe is the leader of the Satudarah MC in Oslo.

“He disagrees with the claims and believes this association is not illegal. He, therefore, wants to present counterevidence in court against a possible ban,” Ahmad said.

“We believe that the information the prosecutor’s office relies on is not corrected and up-to-date. He believes the association’s purpose is not linked to crime,” Ahmad added.

If the court decides to implement a ban, it will become illegal for the MC club to carry out its activities and recruit new members.

Fighting organised crime

The Special Operations Section in the Oslo police works on fighting organised crime in the capital. Together with other departments, they have led the investigation of the MC club in Norway.

In collaboration with several police districts, they have mapped members and supporters in the Oslo area and the crime they believe they have committed.

“Drug crime, violent crime, extortion and kidnapping. Things that create fear in society,” Rasch-Olsen noted.

According to media reports, the Satudarah organisation in Oslo consists of a core of 12 people.

In the Oslo police’s report “Trends in crime 2018-2021”, the police stated that the MC club was more characterised by crime, violence and the use of firearms than by motorcycle riding.

“We can safely say that the majority in the Oslo chapter has not shown any particular interest in motorcycles,” Rasch-Olsen said.