Icelanders To Protest Against Nazism Tomorrow - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelanders To Protest Against Nazism Tomorrow

Published September 6, 2019

Andie Fontaine
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Peter Isotalo/Wikimedia Commons

In response to yesterday’s public showing of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), hundreds of Icelanders will demonstrate against racism tomorrow.

Anywhere from ten to fifteen members of the NRM assembled at Lækjartorg in downtown Reykjavík yesterday, Stundin reports, where they handed out flyers and, on one occasion, called someone a “race traitor” for tearing up one of said flyers.

In an effort to prevent the fledgling Icelandic extension of the NRM from gaining traction, and to send a clear message to these Nazis, hundreds of Icelanders have pledged to demonstrate against Nazism, also at Lækjartorg, tomorrow at 15:00.

The NRM have had a limited, almost invisible presence in Iceland for a few years now, manifesting itself in the occasional appearance of flyers and stickers. Elsewhere in the world, however, they have engaged in violence repeatedly, their primary targets being Muslims, Jews, queer people, and really anyone who does not fit their narrow definition of a European person.

The NRM have become so much of a problem that Finland banned the group in 2017. While Iceland does have laws against hate speech, it is unknown if these laws have been applied to the propaganda that NRM purveys.

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