Nazi Propaganda Distributed at Reykjavík School

Flyers for the Norðurvígi neo-Nazi group have twice been found hung up on the grounds of the Menntaskóli við Sund (MS) junior college on the east side of Reykjavík, Mbl.is reports.

A concerned parent notified Mbl.is about two flyers that had been found taped to the side of a shipping container on the school grounds on Friday. The flyers were taken down but the very next day, another one was found taped up on the same shipping container, which the school uses as a storage shed.

“Did you know,” read the flyers, “that it is illegal to doubt the Holocaust in 23 countries?” It goes on to give examples of people it says have been jailed for “asking questions” and holding “different ideas and opinions.”

“I’m appalled about this,” said MS principal Már Vilhjálmsson, who hadn’t known about their presence on the school campus until he was contacted by a journalist about the incidents. Már said that the flyers would be removed and that school officials would be vigilant about removing any that might be posted in the future. He continued by saying it wasn’t a problem the school has had before – they’d had issues with graffiti, but never Nazi propaganda.

“This reflects in some ways society today,” Már continued, “where fanaticism is increasing more and more.”

This isn’t the first time that Norðurvígi has distributed its Nazi propaganda on school campuses. Last year, neo-Nazi flyers were found on the University of Iceland campus. A few members of the group made an appearance in Lækjartorg square in downtown Reykjavík, where they handed out flyers and waved flags, actions that spurred an anti-Nazi demonstration in the square in September of last year.

Neo-Nazi Event Spurs Protest in Iceland

NRM neo-Nazis in Lækjartorg Reykjavík

A protest titled “Iceland Against Nazis” will be held tomorrow in Reykjavík in response to the appearance of a neo-Nazi group that waved flags and handed out flyers in downtown Reykjavík yesterday. Stundin reports that members of Icelandic nationalist group Norðurvígi were among the group, which also included Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish neo-Nazis, at least two of whom have been convicted in their home countries for violence and hate crimes.

Distribute flyers to homes

Norðurvígi is associated with the so-called “Nordic Resistance Movement,” which has members in various Nordic countries, some of which travelled to Iceland for yesterday’s event. On Wednesday, Icelandic police were made aware that members of the group were distributing flyers and putting stickers on lampposts in residential neighbourhoods in the capital area. On Thursday, the group appeared at Lækjartorg square in central Reykjavík, where they waved flags and distributed flyers.

Yesterday’s neo-Nazi gathering in Reykjavík was attended by Swede Simon Lindberg, the NRM’s leader. Lindberg has been convicted for hate crimes and violence against LGBTQ+ people. A video taken by Stundin reporters shows Lindberg calling bypasser Snæbjörn Guðmundsson a “race traitor” for ripping up one of the group’s flyers.

A few Icelanders were among the neo-Nazi group, including Arnar Styr Björnsson, who told reporters he was “very impressed by what the German National Socialist Party stood for. I don’t think everything that’s said about the Holocaust is true… I haven’t really acquainted myself with it in particular but I think it’s lied about a lot.”

Organisation banned in Finland

NRM has members in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. In 2016, members of the organisation killed a bypasser who vocally opposed the group during a street event in Finland. The organisation was banned in that country in 2017.

Icelandic police were present at the neo-Nazi event yesterday, but did not interfere. Eyrún Eyþórsdóttir, Associate Professor of Police Science at the University of Akureyri, stated that there is no doubt that it is against general criminal law in Iceland to declare the supremacy of white men over others. “I really don’t understand why the police didn’t stop this. All of the movement’s messages focus on the superiority of the white man. The focus on Islamic terrorist groups has been so great that police haven’t paid as much attention to neo-Nazi groups.” Eyrún says Swedish police would have at least confiscated the flags being waved at Lækjartorg yesterday.

Protest to reclaim space

Tomorrow’s protest will be held at Lækjartorg at 3.00pm “so that we can reclaim the space they took to spread their message of hate, violence and discrimination against oppressed groups,” organisers state in the Facebook event. As of publication, nearly 500 have replied attending to the event.

Police Monitor Nationalist Group in City Centre

Police

Police made one arrest when 10-15 members of nationalist group Norðurvígi gathered in the city centre today, Vísir reports. The Norðurvígi representatives carried flags and pamphlets which they tried to distribute to pedestrians.

The group marched down Skólavörðurstígur and Bankastræti before moving towards Lækjartorg. The police interfered with the gathering and one member was arrested when he refused to identify himself. He later gave the police his name and was subsequently released.

According to Guðmundur Pétur Guðmundsson, a police officer with the metropolitan police, the police didn’t break up the gathering but monitored the proceedings.

Norðurvígi is a part of a “Nordic resistance group”, operating in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The group has been called a neo-Nazi organization.

According to onlookers, the group tried to distribute their booklets to little enthusiasm from the people on the street.

The Norðurvígi website states that the group is a civilian and legal government opposition movement. The group wants to stop mass immigration and take every action to remove international Zionists from power as they “through money or power control a large group of this world.”