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United Nations Relations

UN Day of Non-Violence Celebrated in Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland - The International Day of Nonviolence, October 2, was like the eye of a hurricane that is raging through the Icelandic society. Increased taxes, strings tied by the International Monetary Fund, and huge individual debts of many house owners have led to huge violent demonstrations in front of the Icelandic parliament.

The peace activists numbering a few hundreds on Saturday evening created a solemn atmosphere in which everyone was deeply touched and moved to stay long after the event was over. The evening program was highlighted by the Indian ambassador, who spoke of his countryman Mahatma Gandhi and the relevance of his message for today.

The Universal Peace Federation was a co-sponsor of this event, which was entirely done without public funding, only nurtured by enthusiastic individuals who offered their time and resources to make this unforgettable day happen, a day which echoes the very spirit of the UPF founder, Rev. Sun Myung Moon. It was the spirit of wanting to give unconditionally, creating harmony and peace, and displaying the true human nature.

In 2007 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing Mahatma Gandhi's birthday (October 2) as the "International Day of Non-Violence."

For a video about the global "Gandhi Tour" promoting nonviolence, click here.

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