Published November 2, 2011
Protesters taking part in the global Occupy movement in Reykjavík say they have permits to erect tents and camp in front of parliament.
As reported, last weekend Occupy Reykjavík kicked into full swing, but was soon disrupted by police when they took down a large tent that several protesters had been sleeping in. They have since claimed that the police have purposefully damaged the tent by slicing it with a knife.
Undaunted, the protesters returned, setting up four smaller tents in front of parliament. They also claim they have obtained the necessary permit to camp on the site.
Assistant to the mayor Björn Blöndal had advised the protesters that if they wanted to occupy the space in front of parliament, then they should apply for a permit to do so from city environmental officials.
It now looks like they have obtained such a permit, but chief of police Geir Jón Þórisson said they are still looking into the matter. If it turns out they do not have such a permit, he said, their tents will be removed immediately.