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Members of the Pirate Party Silently Protest in Parliament

Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir and Björn Leví Gunnarsson, members Iceland’s Pirate Party, silently protested the return of the Klaustur scandal MPs yesterday by silently standing on either side of the podium at parliament wearing hats denouncing violence against women. The rambunctious MPs were chided by Alþingi’s vice president Bryndís Haraldsdóttir.

The performance came as Bergþór Ólason, one of the infamous Klaustur scandal MPs was delivering a speech at the podium. Þórhildur and Björn briefly flanked the disgraced MP before returning to their seats.

The hats the pair wore bear the initials “FO” which stands for “Fokk Ofbeldi” (“Fuck Violence”). The hats are a part of UN Women’s campaign that denounces violence against women.

Bergþór Ólason is one of the MPs that made headlines recently as he was secretly recorded at hotel bar Klaustur making sexist, ableist, and homophobic remarks alongside other members of parliament. Bergþór and others took a brief leave of absence before eventually returning to Alþingi.

Bryndís Haraldsdóttir was quoted saying that “incidents of this nature are not appropriate and in this room people should express their views from the podium.”

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