A gathering will be held in Reykjavík’s Austurvöllur square at 4.30pm tomorrow in solidarity with African Americans in the United States. The gathering will feature speakers and a moment of silence for George Floyd, killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25 while in police custody. Floyd’s death sparked a wave of protests across the United States calling for an end to institutionalised police violence against Black people.
“In solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters in the United States of America, we will be gathering at Austurvöllur to stand in defiance against the system of White supremacy that continues to murder Black people,” the Facebook event for the Reykjavík protest reads. Though there is an American Embassy in Reykjavík, protest organisers have purposely chosen to protest in front of Iceland’s Parliament building. “The significance of holding it at Austurvöllur is that Iceland cannot remain silent,” Asantewa Feaster, one of the protest organisers, stated. “Citizens across the US and the world have shown us where they stand, Iceland must do the same.”
At the time of writing, 1,400 were marked as “attending” the event on Facebook and 1,400 as “interested.” Attendees are encouraged to wear face masks “as a form of protest” and to practice social distancing where possible. Due to COVID-19, a ban on gatherings over 200 people is currently in effect in Iceland. If the number of attendees goes over 200, event organisers encourage those present to “cross the street to lower the number of people in the area. You will be showing support while keeping the safety of yourself and others in mind.”