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    Icelandic fishermen staged a picket at the U.S. run NATO communications base in Grindavik on?

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    Icelandic fishermen staged a picket at the U.S. run NATO communications base in Grindavik on Sunday (11 January) to protest over what they consider to be NATO's "acquiescence in British violence against Iceland in the current fisheries dispute".

    The protesters dug up reads leading to the base and surrounded its entrances with parked cars.

    The protest came a day before a NATO council meeting in Brussels which will discuss the dispute between the two members of the alliance.

    The fishermen kept up an all night vigil at the Grindavik base, and originally trapped fifty American staff members inside the grounds.

    A spokesman for he protesters said they had no quarrel with the U.S. Instead, they felt that as the NATO base was there to protect Iceland, it should be stopping interference from British frigates, which they regard as NATO warships.

    British Navy frigates protecting English trawlers fishing inside Iceland's unilaterally declared 200-mile zone, have been involved in collisions with Icelandic Coast Guard Vessels over the past week.

    Iceland has warned that if the British Royal Navy does not leave its waters, the government will be forced to reconsider its role in NATO.

    SYNOPSIS: The U.S. run NATO communications base at Grindavik in Iceland was picketed by angry Icelandic fishermen on Sunday.

    The fishermen drove cars in to surround the bases' entrance gates and used excavators to dig up roads leading to the centre.

    The protest was over what the fishermen call "NATO's acquiescence in British violence against Iceland in the current fisheries dispute".

    The blocked came just a day before a meeting of NATO's council which will discuss the current "cod war." The fishermen kept up an all night vigil at the base, trapping about fifty American staff members inside.

    Local police stood by at the demonstration, but took no action.

    A spokesman for the fishermen said they had no quarrel with the United States. Instead, they felt that as the base was there to protect Iceland, it should be stopping interference from British frigates, which they regard as NATO warships.

    Royal Navy frigates have been involved in collisions with Icelandic Coast Guard Vessels during the past week.

    The Frigates are protecting British trawlers fishing inside Iceland's unilaterally declared two hundred mile limit.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4TANIS10BNBEBI03A6PG0CSRJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA4TANIS10BNBEBI03A6PG0CSRJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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