A Progress Party MP set off a firestorm by saying that groups like the Soldiers of Odin should be applauded.

The Progress Party's Jan Arlid Ellingsen said in a Tuesday radio debate that the self-declared patriot group Soldiers of Odin should be "praised".

"Progress of course doesn't give unlimited support to the Soldiers of Odin. But the situation is that we have for a long time had a situation in our streets that nobody wants, where crimes are committed and other actions we don't want occur and the Norwegian police don't have the resources to do the job. Thus we think that any citizen who wants to contribute to reducing insecurity and reducing crime should be praised for it," he said.

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