The famous Icelandic singer and environmental campaigner, Bjork Gudmundsdottir, this morning handed the Orkuaudlindir petition over to Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir. The singer said she was satisfied with her meeting with government members.
Prime Minister Sigurdardottir received the 48,000 signatures this morning at her offices in the cabinet building. The petition asks for a referendum on ensuring Iceland’s energy resources remain public property. The petition was spurred on by dissatisfaction over the likely sale of HS Orka to Magma Energy of Canada.
The PM reportedly told Bjork that the petition is largely in line with the government’s own wishes, RUV reports. Supporters gathered outside the building and sang songs while the meeting was in progress. In accordance with the green nature of the protest, the petition was handed to the Prime Minister on a USB memory stick, instead of on paper.
The PM told the three petition organisers that she was extremely happy to receive it. Following the handover, the three; Bjork, Jon Thorisson and Oddny Eir AEvarsdottir; went for a meeting with the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Steingrimur J. Sigfusson.
Precise details of the meeting are not known, but all three protesters said afterwards that they were happy with the outcome.