Icelanders take protest to London

Icelanders were shocked when British authorities used the country's sweeping anti-terror legislation to freeze the assets of collapsing Icelandic banks.

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March 18, 2009 10:02

 
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An Icelandic delegation is in London to protest Britain's use of antiterrorism laws to freeze the tiny island nation's UK assets. Icelanders were shocked when British authorities in October used the country's sweeping anti-terror legislation to freeze the assets of collapsing Icelandic banks in a bid to protect British savers' deposits. Iceland's government says the move was a "completely unfriendly act" and prompted many in the nation of 300,000 to complain that their country was being labeled a terrorist entity. An on-line petition carrying the words "Icelanders are not terrorists" drew more than 80,000 signatures. The delegation of Icelandic activists delivered the petition to British lawmakers on Tuesday.

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