An ongoing refugee-organised protest in Austurvöllur, facing Iceland’s parliament, has been called off. A post on the group’s Facebook page states that staying in the square has affected the protesters’ health. “People are getting sick and we can’t allow our fight to dissipate due to ill health. Therefore, the demonstration will now move on from Austurvöllur,” the Facebook post states.
Asylum seekers and their supporters have been protesting for weeks, calling for an end to deportations, as well as due process on all asylum applications, and equal access to healthcare. Some protesters have been occupying the square day and night since last week, sleeping in tents.
Despite calling off the occupation of the square, protesters continue to call for talks between refugees and the government in the presence of the state mediator, in a similar fashion to wage negotiations. The group’s post can be read below.