Demonstrators surrounded Rádherrabústadurinn, the cabinet house on Tjarnargata in Reykjavík, yesterday, trying to prevent ministers from entering the building. Police assisted the ministers with entering the cabinet house through the back door.
Around 100 people participated in the protests, shouting that the government was unfit to rule. At least 50 police officers were called to the scene, Fréttabladid reports.
“No one was arrested but people were going to barge through the police’s barricades and we won’t accept that; when we put up barricades they are supposed to stay there,” said chief inspector Arnar Rúnar Marteinsson.
“But then we reached an agreement with the people that they could walk through [the barricades and go home] and we trusted they would,” Marteinsson added.
Protestors disappeared from the scene after that, but before leaving one individual shouted at the cabinet house, raising his fist, “We’ll have a bonfire here at New Year’s.”
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