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Memorial to ‘Iceland’s Protestor’ Unveiled

A memorial to Helgi Hóseasson, known nationally as ‘Iceland’s Protestor’, was unveiled yesterday, the first anniversary of his death, on the street corner of Langholtsvegur and Holtagata in Reykjavík where he used to stand with his placards.

Helgi Hóseasson. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The memorial is a paving stone engraved with “Hver skapadi sýkla?” (“Who created germs?”), which one of Hóseasson’s atheist placards read, a picture of his footsteps and his name in small letters, Morgunbladid reports.

A small group of people walked from Hóseasson’s home on Skipasund to the street corner. “We unveiled the stone, lit candles, placed flowers beside it and talked about Helgi,” said Reynir Hardarson, chairman of the atheist association Vantrú.

Vantrú and a Facebook group founded to establish a memorial for Hóseasson cooperated on the project. Stonecutter Thór Sigmundsson designed the paving stone, which is a gift from the stonecutter’s workshop S. Helgason.

The paving stone was placed with the permission and assistance of city authorities.

Click here to read more about Helgi Hóseasson.

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