From Iceland — Summer Festival Marred By Drunkenness, Violence

Summer Festival Marred By Drunkenness, Violence

Published July 28, 2013

The good times at Mærudagar, an annual summer festival in the northern town of Húsavík, were diminished by public drunkenness and disturbances of the peace, according to the town’s chief of police.
Chief Sigurður Brynjúlfsson tells RÚV that four assaults were reported to police last night, and the festival was unfortunately marked by extreme intoxication, rowdy crowds, and brawls. The town’s jail cells are now full and one assault victim is in hospital with extreme facial injuries.
The daytime atmosphere of the festival has been very family friendly, but after midnight things have taken a turn for the worse. Sigurður is even questioning allowing the festival to run again next year considering all the problems Húsavík has encountered this weekend.

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