The youth wing of Iceland’s Progressive Party published a statement on their webpage yesterday saying that they completely distrust the leader of the Progressive Party in Reykjavík, Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir, and are against her proposal to withdraw the lot for a mosque allocated by Reykjavík City Council.
They argued that Sveinbjörg’s proposal is against the core policy of the party, which supports respect for all and states that people should not be discriminated against on the basis of origin, race, gender, language, religion, sexual orientation, financial situation or political beliefs.
The statement was removed from their website half an hour later. The Icelandic media has been trying to reach the youth organization for comment, ruv.is reports.
Sveinbjörg’s comments have caused widespread discussion in Iceland.
The latest poll suggests that the Progressive Party's support rating has risen since the comments were made one week ago.
Municipal elections will be held in Iceland tomorrow.