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Protestor likely to be released today

Twenty-three-year-old British Saving Iceland activist Miriam Rose, who has been held in prison in Reykjavík for eight days, will be released today. She was arrested while protesting against the Icelandic government’s support for heavy industry.

In a statement yesterday Derek Wall, principal spokesperson for the Green Party of England and Wales said: “I am appalled by what looks to be the arrest and imprisonment of Miriam Rose as a political prisoner, and urge the Icelandic government to release her.”

In an interview with Fréttabladid daily, Gudmundur Gíslason, director of Reykjavík Prisons, said that Rose had been arrested because of a fine she got last year but refused to pay. “Under those circumstances she will have to stay in prison for a few days instead,” explains Gíslason. She will be released today.

Yesterday, Saving Iceland lambasted the police for lying when it announced that no SI protestor remained in custody. However, Gíslason claims that the police told the truth since nobody is being held only for protesting.

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