Snæbjörn Brynjarsson has decided to step down as alternate member of parliament for Iceland’s Pirate Party following an incident at a bar in downtown Reykjavík last weekend, where he verbally threatened Erna Ýr Öldudóttir, a news reporter and former chairwoman of the Pirate party’s executive council, Fréttablaðið reports.
Erna was reportedly having drinks with two friends at Kaffibarinn when Snæbjörn walked up to her and berated her for working for media mogul Björn Ingi Hrafnsson. According to Erna, Snæbjörn screamed that he hated her and threatened to beat her up. In an interview with Fréttablaðið, Erna says she felt extremely threatened and felt thankful for the two friends present, who stepped between her and Snæbjörn.
In a post on his Facebook site, Snæbjörn admits to having lost his temper when he spotted Erna at the bar and said things that are in his words “completely unacceptable”.
“I will accept full responsibility,” Snæbjörn said, further announcing his plans to step down as alternate member for the Pirate Party in parliament.
Just last week, Iceland Review reported how Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir and Björn Leví Gunnarsson, MPs for the Pirate Party, got in trouble when they protested the return of the Klaustur scandal MPs by silently standing on either side of the podium at parliament wearing hats denouncing violence against women.