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Protesters Arrested in Front of Parliament

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.

Police against Stop Deportations Performance

This morning we did a peaceful performance in front of the icelandic parliament. We were standing in front of the doors so the people who enters can see us and our demands. Police arrived and violently started pushing everyone. Three of the supporters where arrested without justifiable grounds. Police was speaking only in icelandic even when we asked them to speak in english so everybody can understand. Police acts were showing abuse of power, preventing people from freedom of speech. Please share this video and show your solidarity with the refugees and their basic human rights.#stopdeportations #giveusachance

Posted by Refugees in Iceland on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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.

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