A group calling itself ‘The Glass Bead Collective’ sent us this message and asked us to post it. So post it we did:
January 16th the Glass Bead Collective executed a guerilla projection in solidarity with the RVK 9 on the Icelandic Embassy in Washington DC. The nine protesters in Iceland are being tried for “Violating the immunity and peace of Parliament, spoiling its ability to work in peace.” If convicted, they face up to 16 years in prison.
This persecution stems from the protests that overthrew Iceland government in 2008 in the aftermath of the bank default debacle. Nine people out of dozens who entered the Parliament to demand address of the consequences of the economic and social collapse, were randomly chosen and prosecuted under this archaic stature.
Projecting a short movie that explains the story and the reasons for the initial uprising, and a simple statement that we are all Reykjavik 9, the action underscores the hypocrisy of the Icelandic State, which is prosecuting people who were victimized by the biggest financial fraud in history.
Iceland sees itself as one of the most democratic and pure states in the world, while in reality it is engaged in blatant persecution of political dissent.
By superimposing this story on the public face of Iceland, the artists are revealing the true nature of the state in context to its projected image.
The Trial of the RVK9 started today January 18, two years to the date from the fall of the government.
Free the Reykjavik 9 Now!
Additional information on RVK9 is available at http://www.rvk9.org