Thankyou to everyone who has already sent in a design for a Saving Iceland tshirt, they have all been of such a high quality, we are amazed. Read More
Archive for 2006
Usally organisers of demonstations in Iceland are very pleased if 2000 people attend demos. But over 3000! This goes to show the rising tide against the heavy industy policy and corporate invasion of Iceland. Bravo!
In the summer and autumn of 2005 the Icelandic authorities performed numerous illegal arrests, violated the rights of people in custody, entered illegally the dwellings of protestors, violated severely the peace and right of privacy of individuals with thuggish surveillance, threats and intimidating behaviour.
The Directorate of Immigration finally ruled that it had no right to deport any of the foreign people who demonstrated summer 2005 against the heavy industry policy of the Icelandic government.
The threats of deportations were in fact nothing but illegal persecution of people who were exercising their democratic rights to protest against the crimes of a highly autocratic and corrupt government. This is exactly what was pointed out in the article ‘Surprise, surprise!‘ as early as September 2005.
No actual deportations of anti-dam protestors took place. Had they taken place they would have been illegal!
People who were on the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration list for possible deportation are all perfectly free to travel back to Iceland.
The conference was organized by the Economist magazine but sponsored by Alcoa and other companies. In the publicity material for the conference, the Economist (in its guise as the ’Economist Intelligence Unit’!) promoted the conference as discussing amongst other things how Iceland can supply all of Europe’s energy needs with clean energy.
In the build up to the conference, outraged Icelanders contacted the Economist and pointed out that even if every drop of energy was squeezed from the land without any other considerations, it would still only produce 1% of Europe’s requirements. Also the energy that will be produced is actually very far from clean energy. In fact its filthy dirty.
The Economist replied that what was in the publicity material was, “marketing-speak geared to creating interest for the event.” They continued, “The journalistic approach from The Economist itself would certainly carry a different, more balanced and researched perspective.”
The unwitting honesty of this reply speaks volumes. Nuff said.
More wriggling and squirming followed about the role of the sponsoring companies, (Just supporting the conference financially, otherwise neutral.) Then they tried to suggest that the conference represented a balance of the opinions on the issues under discussion. Only problem with that being that the, ‘critical’ voice was that of a conservative opposition MP, who had actually supported the dam project wholeheartedly! Read More
May 10 2006
Do you know about good last-minute deals to Iceland?
Want to request or offer a lift to the ferry-port? (any of them)
Want to get together with other people to get a group discount?
(Smyril-line offers especially good group deals)
Have a question about how to get there?
Can you offer accommodation in Iceland or anywhere where people might be travelling through on their way to Iceland? Read More
May 09 2006
Please post announcements about your events in this thread.
We would like to invite you for a three course delicious* meal* at Matilda Social Centre for *Saving Iceland. *It is on the* 2nd of June*, there will be a *film* about the campaign and donation bar from 6.30pm, and meal served at 8pm. If the weather is nice it will be *on the roof!* After the meal we will have DJs, playing fun funky beats. Read More
May 08 2006
2nd – 4th June
(Friday evening till Sunday)
At Bilston Glen Anti-Bypass Protest Site
A gathering for activists in scotland (and elsewhere if you want to travel) to discuss the mobilisation at Karahnjukar this summer.
We are going to be talking about travelling to Iceland, how we can help to organise camp and what we can do here in Scotland.
Get involved, get active! Read More