Protests In Front Of Russian Embassy

Published August 17, 2012

About 100 people are currently in front of the Russian embassy protesting the persecution of Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot, who are due to receive judgment today.
The band was arrested last February, after their performance in an Orthodox church in Russia, where they called upon the “mother of God” to remove Russian president Vladimir Putin from power. Since then, their trial has gained international attention.
In Iceland, protesters gathered at the Russian embassy last month, leading to one arrest. Iceland Airwaves directing manager Grímur Atlason has pledged to hold a punk rock concert outside of the Russian embassy and Russian Orthodox church every Thursday at noon, to voice disapproval for the continued detention of Pussy Riot. Amnesty Iceland is formally taking part in a global campaign against the Russian government being organised by Amnesty International. During last weekend’s Gay Pride celebrations, Reykjavík mayor Jón Gnarr dressed as a member of the band while atop a float in last Saturday’s Gay Pride parade, displaying a sign reading “Free Pussy Riot”.
RÚV reports that police have cordoned off a large area in front of the Russian embassy and closed the street. There have so far been no arrests and the protest has been a peaceful one.
UPDATE: Sky News reports that the band have been found guilty of “hooliganism” and religious hatred. Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of three years in prison.



News
Icelandic Secondary School Switches To “Genderless” Bathrooms

Icelandic Secondary School Switches To “Genderless” Bathrooms

by

The secondary school Verzlunarskóla Íslands, following a proposal from the school’s Feminist Society, has done away with labeling their bathrooms

News
Icelandair Investigating Mysterious Upswing In Crew Illnesses

Icelandair Investigating Mysterious Upswing In Crew Illnesses

by

Icelandair is currently actively investigating what could be causing the recent increase in crew member illnesses, including a thorough examination

News
Iranian Asylum Seeker To Be Deported In Two Weeks

Iranian Asylum Seeker To Be Deported In Two Weeks

by

Iranian asylum seeker Morteza Songolzadeh learned today that he will be deported from Iceland. “Honestly I was not expecting this,”

News
Pokémon Go Trainers Damaging Botanical Gardens

Pokémon Go Trainers Damaging Botanical Gardens

by

The Akureyri Botanical Gardens have been experiencing significant damages lately from unwanted guests who trespass on the grounds playing Pokémon

News
Iceland’s Worst Mobile Signal Areas To Be Mapped

Iceland’s Worst Mobile Signal Areas To Be Mapped

by

The Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland (PFS) plans to make a detailed map of which areas along Iceland’s national

News
Parliament Could Change Significantly After Elections

Parliament Could Change Significantly After Elections

by

Over a quarter of Iceland’s members of parliament so far have announced they will not be running in this October’s

Show Me More!