A Turkish flag flew over the Prime Minister’s Office in downtown Reykjavík yesterday morning, RÚV reports. The flag was raised by activist group Hvar er Haukur? (Where is Haukur?) in an effort to pressure the government into taking stronger action to find activist Haukur Hilmarsson.
An Icelandic man around 30 years of age was arrested on the roof of the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday by Reykjavík capital area police for the action. He did not resist arrest and was transferred to a police station where he was interrogated.
Haukur Hilmarsson disappeared during a Turkish air raid in Syria on February 24 and is believed to be dead or captured. He travelled to Syria to participate in Kurdish resistance against the terrorist organization of the Islamic State in Raqqa.
More than 400 Icelanders signed an open letter to Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir in April asking her to increase government efforts to find Haukur. “From the data to be judged, as well as the ministry’s relations with family members, it appears the ministry’s investigation has been carried out with the least effort and with the intention of not interfering with Turkish authorities—the same which are deemed to have hurt, captured, or even murdered Haukur,” the letter reads.