Icelanders use humor to vent spleen at Britain

Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:22am EDT
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By Sakari Suoninen

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Icelanders who feel they have been branded terrorists by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown are fighting back -- with a snowball, a gun made from Lego blocks and bubble gum.

Brown used anti-terrorist laws to freeze the assets of Icelandic bank Landsbanki after what he said was Reykjavik's "completely unacceptable" failure to guarantee British deposits.

Icelanders were outraged, saying the decision was deeply damaging to a country that does not even have a standing army.

"It is so unfair, and so ridiculous -- using a terrorist law against Iceland is like using a terrorist law against the Vatican," said photographer Thorkell Thorkelsson.

"The difference is there are more weapons in the Vatican."

Thorkelsson asked people to come to his studio bearing arms to show how dangerous Iceland is.

Pensioner Hulda Edelvy posed for a photograph brandishing a staple remover and a pair of pliers. "I wanted to show my support, to team up," she said.

The snowball, Lego gun and bubble gum turned up among more unusual objects. "A veterinarian came here with a castration 'weapon'," Thorkelsson said.   Continued...