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Symbolic Protest against Gaza Air Strikes in Iceland

By Iceland Review

Red paint was splashed on the Government Offices of Iceland and a war scene of bloody bodies and body parts was enacted outside the building on Monday in protest of the Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

The purpose with the protests was to demand immediate termination of diplomatic relations with Israel, Morgunbladid reports.

According to information from the Government Offices, the paint had been watered down, and had possibly even been food coloring, so it was easy to clean and therefore not considered to damage the building.

The Foreign Ministry was also splashed with red paint of a similar kind late last week.

About 15 demonstrators showed up outside the Foreign Ministry around 4 pm on Monday, requesting a meeting with Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, but settled for a meeting with other employees of the ministry.

According to the Foreign Ministry’s information officer, Urdur Gunnarsdóttir, who attended the meeting, the discussions were peaceful and much more constructive than splashing paint.

The protestors, some of whom were masked, were informed about the ministry’s actions, declarations and policies regarding the situation in Gaza.

Gísladóttir has condemned Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip, which is directed at innocent inhabitants of the region, as stated on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

However, as the minister said in an interview on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós last week, she is not prepared to terminate diplomatic relations with Israel as both protestors and other politicians are demanding.

Icelandic authorities decided at the beginning of this year to donate USD 100,000 (EUR 75,000) to emergency relief because of the situation in Gaza through the Icelandic Red Cross and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Click here to read more about protests against the Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

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