Mark Kennedy, a police officer from the UK who went undercover as an environmental activist for seven years and protested against the construction of the Kárahnjúkar dam in Iceland in 2005, accuses the Icelandic police of brutality in an article he wrote.
The Kárahnjúkar dam. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
In the article, which was published in a book about the protests, Kennedy wrote, according to The Guardian: “[The police’s] inability to address the situation could have been potentially fatal and certainly encouraged acts of violence by the security guards without fear of retribution.”
“They and their governmental and corporate puppet masters are startled and confounded by the tide of protest and direct action,” he added. “The environmental destruction that is happening throughout Iceland and beyond will continue to be protested and fought against whatever police tactics or corporate intimidation.”
The book was co-edited by Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, who is now being probed by US authorities for her involvement with Wikileaks. She said she was happy to include Kennedy’s article because she thought it was honest.