Awful misogynistic remarks were made about Minister Alfreðsdóttir in the Klaustur bar conversation that was leaked.

Minister of Culture calls MP's in bar recording scandal "Perpetrators of violence"

5 Dec Iceland's Minister of Culture Lilja Alfreðsdóttir appeared on the Kastljós news programme tonight, speaking for the first time about her reaction to the comments made about her in bar conversation two weeks ago, recorded by a witness.

Freyja Haraldsdóttir was an MP for Bright Future. She suffers from brittle bone disease.

"Must have been the wheels on my wheelchair skidding"

4 Dec Centre party leader Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said yesterday evening that the seal noise made at the Klaustur bar was not one of the MP's but probably a bike skidding to a halt outside the bar. His chair sound theory was proved wrong by journalists. Disabled former MP Freyja Haraldsdóttir has responded on Twitter that it must have been the sound of the wheels on her wheelchair skidding.

Steingrímur J. Sigfússon addresses parliament today.

Bar conversation scandal could be violation of parliamentary ethics regulations

3 Dec President of Parliament in Iceland, Steingrímur J.Sigfússon read a statement at Parliament today where he apologized on behalf of Parliament for the derogatory remarks made by six MP's about women, disabled people and the queer community. The matter is now under investigation by the parliamentary ethics regulations committee.

Freyja Haraldsdóttir doesn't want any more phonecalls from men in powerful positions who try to explain to her what prejudice against disabled people is and isn't.

Former PM apologizes to disabled former MP and says seal noises were actually a chair moving

3 Dec "He called to apologize and also explain to me how apparently I had misunderstood everything," says disabled activist Freyja Haraldsdóttir about a phonecall she received from leader of the Centre party, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.

Protesters outside the house of parliament.

Crowds protest and demand resignations from the six MP's in scandalous bar recording

1 Dec "I don't want shitheads at parliament," said one protestor speaking to at a crowded but peaceful protest at Austurvöllur parliament square this afternoon in the bitter cold. Protestor demanded resignation from the MP's whose bar conversation was secretly recorded and leaked to the press. The three hour long conversation contained insults towards multiple female MP's, homophobic slurs and making fun of a disabled deputy MP.

The house of parliament in central Reykjavik.

Iceland celebrates 100 years of sovereignty

1 Dec Today, Iceland celebrates 100 years as a free and sovereign state. In 1918, Iceland and Denmark signed a Union Treaty, effectively freeing Iceland from Denmark. This was the culmination of nearly a century long campaign for Icelandic self-determination.

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson at Parliament.

MP in bar scandal apologizes and goes on leave from duties at parliament

1 Dec Centre party MP Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson sent a statement to press last night where he says that he showed a great lack of judgment at the Klaustur bar last week, in a conversation that was recorded and made public.

"Shocked by what he heard"

30 Nov The man who recorded the loud bar conversation by MP's at Reykjavik's Klaustur bar and who wishes to remain anonymous says he's not a particularly political person but began recording the conversation because he was shocked by what he heard.

Alþingi, the house of parliament in central Reykjavik.

Protest in Reykjavik tomorrow demanding resignation of MP's involved in bar conversation leak

30 Nov The recording of a bar conversation between MP's last week made public yesterday has caused outrage in Iceland. A protest has been organised at Austurvöllur parliament square tomorrow to demand the resignation of the MP's involved. Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir is saddened by events which will be discussed at the Speaker's Committee in Parliament.

Freyja Haraldsdóttir was MP for Bright Future between 2013- 2016. She was likened to a seal by an MP in a recording made public today.

MP's in recorded bar conversation also made fun of disabled MP

29 Nov The recorded bar conversation between MP's of the Centre Party and the People's Party that has caused a scandal today in Iceland included derogatory comments about disabled deputy MP Freyja Haraldsdóttir. One MP made seal noises when referring to Freyja who suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta. "Hate speech" comments director of the national association of disabilities in Iceland, Þroskahjálp.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Anna Kolbrún Árnadóttir and Bergþór Ólason.

MP's apologize for misogynistic remarks recorded at Reykjavik bar last week

29 Nov Four MP's from the Centre Party have released a statement of apology regarding a recording made public today in which they made derogatory comments about women MP's.

Former Prime Minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and current leader of the Middle Party.

Recording of Centre party MP's making derogatory comments about women made public

29 Nov Furore has ensued as sound recordings of MP's of the Middle Party making comments about fellow women MP's were made public by newspaper Stundin. The male MP's made crude remarks such as one woman MP not likely to make it up the primary elections because she wasn't as "hot" as last year.

"The planned acquisition of Icelandair Group of Wow air will not go through," said Bogi Nils Bogason, CEO of Icelandair in an announcement this morning.

Icelandair Group's acquisition of WOW air cancelled

29 Nov Icelandair group will not be purchasing WOW air and have cancelled a purchase agreement signed on November 5th. This was a mutual agreement by both airlines. Staff of WOW air have been asked to attend a staff meeting at 10 am this morning.

Transport Minister and leader of the Progressive Party Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson.

Growing opposition to the EU's third energy package

28 Nov The central committee of the centrist Progressive Party recently issued a policy statement following its autumn meeting saying that Iceland should seek a derogation from adopting the European Union’s third energy package through the country’s membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) and that the EU’s energy legislation does not suit Icelandic circumstances.

Iceland is for everyone, it says on one version of the sticker.

"Refugees welcome" stickers distributed in Reykjavik

19 Nov Young social democrats went around Reykjavik yesterday handing out stickers with positive messages to refugees and asylum seekers. This was done to counteract hate propaganda says an announcement.


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