One Hundred Men Demand More Safety at Festival Skip to content

One Hundred Men Demand More Safety at Festival

By Iceland Review

One hundred men sent a letter to the mayor of the Westman Islands, the district commissioner and managing director of the sports club ÍBV recently where they condemned rape which has taken place at the annual local outdoor festival Þjóðhátíð, asking how safety will be guaranteed in 2012—if the festival will be held at all.

thjodhatid2010-logo

The logo for the 2010 Þjóðhátíð festival.

According to Fréttablaðið, at least five women reported rape at Þjóðhátíð last year. The festival is held in the islands during the Merchants’ Weekend (Verslunarmannahelgin) in early August and is popular among teens and young adults.

Mayor of the Westman Islands Elliði Vignisson responded to the letter along with all of the members of the district council stating that permission has been granted to hold the festival this year.

However, “due to incidents that have come up precautionary measures are being planned in detail and it is the municipality’s goal to prevent the tragedy each violation is.”

Chief of Police in the Westman Islands Karl Gauti Hjaltason said it has been discussed to make increased demands that the festival’s organizers provide lighting for dark areas, establish security cameras and increase general surveillance.

Karl Gauti stressed that the local police condemn all rape, regardless of where it is committed.

Click here to read more about the cases of rape reported after last year’s Þjóðhátíð.

ESA

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!