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Police Demand Compensation for Struggle in Protests

At least nine police officers have filed or will file a claim for compensation because of injuries they suffered during the protests and riots in central Reykjavík last winter. One police officer suffered permanent disability, although he can still work to some extent.

From the protests in fall 2008. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

According to Morgunbladid, the police officer who suffered the most serious injuries was hit with a flagstone in the head. He has still not recovered completely, a year after the attack. The consequences have yet to be fully estimated.

The lawyer of the National Association of Police Officers, Gylfi Thorlacius, is representing these cases and believes other police officers may also join the group of claimants.

Another case of assault is being handled by the Attorney General, which involves an attempted invasion of the Althingi parliamentary building.

A police officer in his sixties and the parliament’s guards managed to prevent the invasion but were hurt in the process. It has yet to be determined whether it will result in a lawsuit.

Click here to read more about the protests.

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