Red Youth (Norway)

Red Youth (Bokmål: Rød Ungdom; Nynorsk: Raud Ungdom; abbr. RU) is a Norwegian youth organisation. It is the youth wing of the Red Party, which was formed from a merger of the Red Electoral Alliance and the Workers' Communist Party in March 2007. The current leader of Red Youth is Alberte Tennøe Bekkhus.

Red Youth
Rød Ungdom
LeaderAlberte Tennøe Bekkhus
Deputy LeaderMathias Robertstad, Ayat Majbel Saeid
Secretary GeneralVilde Aubell Kjempengren
TreasurerRozerin Algunerhan
Founded1963 (1963)
Revolutionary socialism[1]
Mother partyRed Party


It is an organisation with three main principles: revolutionary socialism, feminism, and communism.[1] Their goals are typically communist; they aim to organise the working class in preparation for what they perceive as an eventual overthrow of the capitalist system.

Since the election of the Red-Green government in 2005, Red Youth has been working to push the Labour Party and the Socialist Left Party in a communist direction. In August 2008, a faction of communist dissidents left the youth organization to form Revolutionary Communist Youth, the youth affiliate of Serve the People.


Red Youth is an activist organisation, and has performed political actions and media stunts directed towards Norwegian politicians. Red Youth interrupted the Christian Democratic Party's national meeting in 2004 in an attempt to expose and highlight what they perceived as the Christian Democrats' anti-homosexual attitude.[2][3] Also in 2004, they harassed the Conservative Minister of Education, Kristin Clemet, for alleged crimes against Norwegian students.[clarification needed][4]

Several members of the Red Youth were arrested in 2005, after trying to charge the Parliament of Norway in what was an anti-racist action.[citation needed] The Red Youth also built a refugee asylum in the garden of the Conservative Minister of Local Government, Erna Solberg, in 2008, as a protest against her immigration policies.[5] They have also drilled for oil in Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen's garden as a protest against oil drilling in the northern parts of Norway.[citation needed] In 2010, the Red Youth launched a campaign to collect 100,000 NOK to offer Siv Jensen, party leader of the Progress Party, to leave the country in response to her own party's proposal to offer immigrants the same sum to go back to their own countries.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Rød Ungdom". Store norske leksikon. 7 December 2014.
  2. ^ Tveranger, Ingveig; Hadland, Wenche Lamo (30 January 2004). "Ballettdansende rebell" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2009.
  3. ^ "RU aksjonerte mot KrFs landsmøte" (Press release) (in Norwegian). Red Youth. 30 January 2004. Retrieved 25 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Viseth, Ellen Synnøve (2 August 2008). Dagsavisen (in Norwegian) Retrieved 25 December 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Lilleås, Heidi Schei (15 October 2010). "- Vi gir 100.000 kroner til Siv om hun forlater landet" (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. Retrieved 16 October 2010.

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