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New Wave of Protests in Iceland

By Iceland Review

Demonstrations were held in various parts of Iceland last weekend. On Austurvöllur parliamentary square, people convened for the 14th Saturday in a row to protest against the government and its actions, or lack of action, to fight the crisis.

In a public meeting in Hafnarfjördur, townspeople expressed their discontent with planned cuts to the healthcare sector and the closure of the local hospital, St. Jósefsspítali, Morgunbladid reports.

At Idnó in Reykjavík, Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip were protested, while crisis-related demonstrations were held in Akureyri, Ísafjördur and Brussels. Tonight the latest in a series of public meetings will be held in the University of Iceland Cinema in Reykjavík.

Increased demonstrations call for increased work for the country’s police forces. According to Minister of Justice Björn Bjarnason, the cost for increased police presence because of demonstrations has amounted to around ISK 20 million (USD 163,000, EUR 114,000) since October 2008.

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