Police Staff Party Was Possible Target of Would-Be Terrorists

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Four Icelandic men, arrested for plotting an act of terrorism against state institutions, may have been targeting a police staff party that was planned for October 1. This according to the sources of mbl.is. While police are investigating whether the men are connected to alt-right groups, the representatives of Neo-Nazi group Norðurvígi have denied that they have any connection to the four men.

The four men, who were arrested on Wednesday, September 21, were all in their twenties. In a press conference yesterday, Chief Police Inspector Karl Steinar Valsson stated that this was the first investigation of its kind in Iceland. Police also stated it was safe to assume either parliament or the police themselves may have been targets for the planned terrorist act.

Neo-Nazi group Norðurvígi (the Icelandic branch of the Nordic Resistance Movement) sent a statement to media following coverage of the arrests that denied their members were involved in planning terrorist acts. “We at the Nordic Resistance Movement want to immediately issue a statement following the discussion in the media that we are NOT connected to any extremist groups and do NOT have people in our ranks who intend to commit acts of terrorism,” the statement reads, in part.

Police have reiterated that the public is not at risk.

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.