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Methodology of Protestors Discussed at Meeting

The topics of whether civilian disobedience is justifiable and how protestors should behave were discussed during a well-attended public meeting at Idnó in Reykjavík yesterday, held in response to the recent wave of protests in Iceland.

From a demonstration on Austurvöllur on November 8, 2008. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

On New Year’s Eve, masked protestors barged into a hotel where private television channel Stöd 2 was preparing its annual panel discussion with politicians, causing damage to equipment belonging to 365 Media. CEO of 365 Ari Edwald condemned the protests, calling for increased police intervention.

At yesterday’s meeting, musician Hördur Torfason, who organizes the weekly demonstrations on Austurvöllur parliamentary square, shopkeeper Eva Hauksdóttir, police chief Stefán Eiríksson and an anonymous masked anarchist spoke to attendees, expressing their opinions on how protests should be conducted, Fréttabladid reports.

Hauksdóttir said civilian disobedience is a way for the powerless public to protest, while Eiríksson deemed such behavior illegal.

“Those who practice civilian disobedience or activism are fully aware that they are violating laws and therefore also fully aware of the fact that it is the role of the police to intervene,” Eiríksson said, according to Morgunbladid.

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