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Icelanders Exclaim: We Are Not Terrorists!

An organization fighting against the “abuse” of the anti-terrorism legislation, invoked by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown earlier this month to freeze Icelandic assets in the UK, has launched an online petition and calls for help from “our British friends.”

The organization’s website,, reads:

“Hour by hour and day by day the actions of the British government are indiscriminately obliterating Icelandic interests all over the world and, in so doing, diminishing the assets that could be used to reimburse depositors with Icelandic banks in the United Kingdom and Iceland. The government’s actions are also endangering the future of nearly all Icelandic companies and of the entire nation, in addition to over 100,000 employees of British companies with Icelandic connections.”

This morning nearly 25,000 people had signed the petition and several individuals had submitted postcards with pictures of themselves holding signs reading, “I’m not a terrorist Mr. Brown,” and other similar messages.

“We believe this is a realistic strategy to have extensive influence on the British public, who have not at all been informed of the truth of the matter,” said musician Ólafur Elíasson, who is a member of the organization fighting for the improved image of Iceland in Britain. Fréttabladid reports.

The organization claims that Brown unlawfully invoked the anti-terrorism legislation against Iceland to serve his short-term political interests and that his actions had changed a tenuous economic situation into a collapse of the Icelandic economy, which has an impact on both Icelandic and British families.

“Gordon Brown was able to put this spin on the matter first and foremost because the British public is not informed on the Icelandic point of view,” Elíasson said, adding that Brits are not content with being considered bullies, “especially since this is being enforced with controversial anti-terrorism legislation.”

Iceland’s Landsbanki is included in a listing of terrorist organizations like Al-Qaida on the website of HM Treasury, although it is also stated that the asset-freezing measures that were undertaken against the bank are not related to terrorist or country-based financial sanctions.

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