The Indefence advocacy group, which launched the online petition “Icelanders are NOT terrorists” after British authorities invoked anti-terrorism act in October 2008 to freeze Icelandic assets in the UK, will hand over its petition to the UK parliament tomorrow.
Since October, 83,000 people have signed the petition, Fréttabladid reports.
“Icelanders haven’t formally protested the use of the anti-terrorism act until now,” said Ólafur Elíasson, a spokesperson for the Indefence group.
“We will demand explanations from the officials that we meet on why the anti-terrorism act was used against Iceland and present our arguments on how much abuse of power was involved in that decision,” Elíasson added.
Elíasson argues that by implementing the controversial act, British authorities became guilty of extorting a small allied nation.
The members of a committee that has connections with Iceland’s Althingi parliament will accept the petition on behalf of the UK parliament at a special ceremony in Westminster.
Representatives of the Indefence group will also meet with the British Minister of State for Europe Caroline Flint and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Angela Eagle.
Click here to read more about the Indefence petition.