Police say that more people than ever before flocked to Austurvöllur in the center of Reykjavík to protest. Many people came to voice their dissatisfaction over the government’s inability to get the economy moving and to solve the problems of those who are in debt after the October 2008 crisis. Today Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardóttir and Finance Minister Steingrímur Sigfússon announced that there would be no flat cut of all debts on the insistence of the IMF.
On RÚV Sigurdardóttir said that she was willing to lead all parties together to try to find solutions to the problems of people in great debt. After former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde was indicted by a narrow majority of Althingi it seems unlikely that the Independence party is willing to cooperate with the government, the majority of which voted to indict Haarde. Prime Minister Sigurdardóttir voted against the indictment.
Minister of Finance Sigfússon looked very tired on TV pictures taken under the debate inside the Parliament building. Last year his Left green party led protests that lead to the resignation of then Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde.