Saturday, April 4, 2009

Iceland cometh

Prime Miniter of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

As president Obama met with NATO leaders in Baden Baden Germany today, protesters in Iceland continued to demanded that their country withdraw from the NATO allience. Meanwhile, Iceland's leaders sought out Obama to visit their country.

Recent protest such as these on March 30, 2009 suggests a visit by Obama might meet some resistance.

Of course, these protests were minimal compared to the violent protests outside the NATO meetings in Strasburg, yesterday.

This week's Icelandic opposition to NATO harkens back to protests that erupted when Iceland joined NATO in 1949.

To be sure, protesting Icelanders do not back down from a fight - April 23, 2008


And, on Jan 20 (the day President Obama was inagurated) protesters in Iceland attempted to shut down the legislative body at Althingi House

Photo credit: Kjartan Einarsson

More from Iris Erlingsdottir at Huffington Post on Icelandic political goings on

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