The visit by Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee General Knud Bartels to Iceland was met with protest by a group of Young Left-Greens. General Bartels gave a lecture about the alliance since the Cold War at the Nordic House this morning.
General Bartels. Photo: NATO.
“There were more police than protestors,” Gísli Garðarsson, Young Left-Greens spokesperson for foreign policy issues, told visir.is. Gísli said that Bartels had invited the protestors in to the lecture to discuss the issues. “[But] it is completely pointless to talk to these men,” Gísli said.
The Young Left-Greens issued a statement yesterday saying that Iceland should immediately withdraw from NATO and cease to help fund “war operations and to cease to take part in ‘humanitarian relief efforts’ which include murder and the destruction of communities.”