A great number of people attended solidarity demonstration for Palestine which was held in front of the US Embassy in Reykjavik today, July 31st 2014.
The protest meeting, organized by Association Iceland-Palestine, with support of numerous other organizations, condemned Israel's bombardment of Gaza and stressed USA's grave responsibility in the massacre by enabling Israel to continue its occupation and agression against Palestine.
The program included speeches, music and a resolution, an appeal to President Obama, was delivered to the Embassy (see attachment).
Demands of the meeting were:
-Stop the bloodshed immediately!
-Lift the blockade at once!
-International protection for Palestinians!
-Obama, stop the massacre!
-Israel's military out of Palestine!
-Down with the Occupation - Free Palestine!
According to the police, today's protest was the biggest that has ever been seen in front of the US Embassy and police estimate was over 2000 people.
Simultaneously another demonstration was held in the north of Iceland, Akureyri, with 200 people (more than 10% of inhabitants) with the same message.
This was the third major demonstration in Reykjavik in three weeks for Gaza. The first one was on July 14th where 1700 people demonstrated.
For the second one on July 23rd gathered 3500 people (which is more than 10% of Iceland´s population). The main speaker was the Mayor of Reykjavik, Dagur B. Eggertsson who condemned the Israeli aggression and its violations of international law. He called for solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Below is a link from RUV, Iceland State TV, the evening news:
And her is the link for the news from the meeting on the other major channel, Stod 2 (TV2):
Pictures can be found on Facebook, e.g.:
31.7.2014 - https://www.facebook.com/
23.7.2014 - https://www.facebook.com/
Appeal to the President of the United States of America
This public meeting, called by the Association Iceland-Palestine, with the participation of a large number of trade unions, political parties, and peace and human rights movements, condemns the war crimes committed by Israel in the Gaza Strip with direct military, financial and political support from the United States.