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Protestors Arrested at Iceland’s Parliament

Seven individuals from a group of around 30 demonstrators were arrested at Iceland’s Althingi parliament building yesterday, after they were prevented from accessing the public area of the building during a parliamentary session.

From a parliamentary session at Iceland’s Althingi. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Two men were able to escape the sergeant-at-arms and disturbed the parliamentary session by shouting things like “get out of here” and “this building does not serve its purpose anymore,” Fréttabladid reports.

Police arrived to lead the group of demonstrators out of the building and a fight broke out. One man is suspected of having bitten two police officers and kicked the third. The other six individuals who were arrested were accused of not having complied with the police’s demands.

According to Chief of Police Stefán Eiríksson, not only police officers but also the sergeant-at-arms suffered injuries in the fight. One of the protestors, who would not be named, claimed the police had been too harsh in their actions.

Speaker of parliament Sturla Bödvarsson said he considers the incident very serious. According to Morgunbladid, such an incident has not occurred at Althingi before and security is expected to be tightened.

The protestors who were arrested were all released last night after questioning.

Click here to read about other recent protests where police interfered.

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