Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik threatens hunger strike

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 February, 2014, 1:55am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 February, 2014, 1:55am


Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik has threatened to go on hunger strike for better video games to alleviate his "torture-like" living conditions.

In a letter to Agence France-Presse, the right-wing extremist, who killed 77 Norwegians in bomb and gun attacks on July 22, 2011, enclosed a typed list of 12 demands sent to prison authorities in November.

He described as "torture-like" his living conditions, in the high-security unit in Skien in southeast Norway where he is serving out a 21-year sentence.

The demands include better conditions for his daily walk and the right to communicate more freely with the outside world, which he argues are in line with rights legislation. He also wants his PlayStation 2 games console to be upgraded to a Playstation 3 "with access to more adult games that I get to choose myself".

Held apart from other prisoners since 2011, Breivik argues that he has the right to a wider "selection of activities" than other inmates to compensate for his strict isolation. He also wants his standard weekly allowance of 300 kroner (HK$381) to be doubled, particularly to cover his postal charges.

Other demands include an end to daily physical searches, and access to a PC rather than to a "worthless typewriter with technology dating back to 1873".

In the letter dated January 29 he said that since there had not been any real improvement in his prison conditions, a hunger strike would be "one of the only" options at his disposal.

"The hunger strike won't end until the Minister of Justice [Anders] Anundsen and the head of the KDI [the Norwegian Correctional Services] stop treating me worse than an animal," he said, adding that he would soon reveal when his protest action would start.