Three individuals were arrested yesterday while protesting in front of the entrance of the Icelandic parliament. The group, which included Icelandic nationals as well as asylum seekers, had gathered at the entrance to protest deportations.
The video below, from Refugees in Iceland’s Facebook page, shows protesters gathered in front of the main entrance to the parliament building, with tape over their mouths, hands sporting the message “stop deportations” raised at their sides. Though the group is standing tightly in front of the door, people are seen entering and exiting the building. When police ask the group to move away from the doors, they resist non-violently. Police are then seen arresting three individuals.
Refugees have been protesting in Iceland for weeks, calling for an end to deportations, as well as due process on all asylum applications, and equal access to healthcare. Protesters spent a week camped in front of parliament, an ongoing protest which was called off yesterday due to its impact on protesters’ health.