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Trespassing Fuelled by Racism

According to the police, racism appears to be the root of Saturday’s two attacks on the home of a father and son in Reykjavík, reports. The victims are of Cuban origin but have lived in Iceland for more than a decade.

Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Last Sunday, the police arrested two men suspected of organizing the break-in. One of the two was released after questioning. The other suspect, a man in his thirties, was sentenced to custody until Friday. He is a repeat violent offender.

According to the assistant chief constable at the Metropolitan Police, Hákon Sigurjónsson, custody was demanded due to investigative reasons. The other man had adequately explained his involvement in the case and was therefore free to go afterwards.

The case stems from racial prejudice that was suffered by the girlfriend of the seventeen-year-old boy who originates from Cuba at the hand of a fellow student at the Kópavogur Institute of Education.

Her boyfriend told Fréttabladid that he visited the school last Thursday along with five of his friends for the purpose of having a discussion with the principal. Others say that his purpose was to meet the student who had been threatening him by way of his girlfriend.

No conflict arose at the school, although there was a verbal exchange between the six and the student, who is the detained man’s cousin.

After that, the Cuban boy began receiving menacing phone calls from the detainee. Then, last Saturday, his home was broken into on two occasions.

According to Fréttabladid’s sources, the police believe that the detainee was the leader of the attack.

The police also believe that the invaders’ intentions were to intimidate and frighten the residents. While not armed, according to the police, they brought tools.

After the attack, the father and son fled the country. Later, they told RÚV that they had been escorted to Keflavik Airport by the police.

Assistant chief constable Sigurjónsson dismisses that claim as a misunderstanding, explaining that they had simply been brought to the airport by a police officer who had business in Reykjanes, which is where the airport is located. The police were in no way involved in the father and son’s decision to leave the country.

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