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Prosecutor: Reykjavík 9 Organized Attack on Althingi

Acting state prosecutor in the case of the Reykjavík 9, Lára V. Júlíusdóttir, said at Reykjavík District Court yesterday that the defendants had entered the parliamentary building on December 8, 2008, with the intention of attacking Althingi.

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During the 2008 protests outside parliament. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Pleading took place at the District Court yesterday and didn’t end until the afternoon. The state prosecutor reviewed the charges against each of the nine individuals and traced the course of events, Fréttabladid reports.

Júlíusdóttir said people had progressed up the stairs, shouted battle cries and made violent threats. Parliamentary guards and police officers were injured and the group had jointly attacked Althingi to disrupts its work and prevent a parliamentary session from taking place, she stated.

The prosecutor added the incident had been an organized violation and that Althingi’s safety had been jeopardized. She referred to the Constitution of Iceland where it says that Althingi is immune.

Júlíusdóttir stated that the Reykjavík 9 had also been in violation of certain paragraphs in the penal code, pointing out that they could expect to face at least one year in prison.

Ragnar Adalsteinsson, who represents four of the defendants, emphasized that they had practiced their constitutional right of following procedures at Althingi. The right to peaceful protest is a matter of human rights and is protected by the Constitution of Iceland, he said.

Adalsteinsson also traced the events, saying that the incident had not been defined as an attack until a parliamentary guard reported it to the police as such, giving them the wrong message, resulting in all available police officers being called to the scene.

He also pointed out the overall circumstances when the event occurred. It happened following the banking collapse, the emergency law being put in effect, chaos and anxiety in society in addition to the government’s disorientation.

A demonstration was called for and this event is very insignificant compared to many other things that happened in this time, Adalsteinsson reasoned.

Click here to read more about the Reykjavík 9 trial.

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