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Protestors Barge into Iceland’s Central Bank

By Iceland Review

Around 100 protestors broke their way into the entrance of the Central Bank headquarters in Reykjavík, throwing eggs and splashing paint, after the Sovereignty Day national meeting on Arnarhóll yesterday.

The Central Bank. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Protestors wanted a word with Central Bank governor and chairman Davíd Oddsson but riot police prevented them from going any further than into the entrance of the building, Morgunbladid reports.

Oddsson (right) announcing the policy rate in October. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

They barged into the bank after one of the speakers at the meeting urged, “Now let’s go to the Central Bank and talk with Davíd.” The demonstrators’ message was rather clear, “Davíd out!” as they repeatedly chanted.

“It is a very simple demand and no one listens to it. Ninety percent of the nation wants him gone,” said protestor Gudjón Heidar Valgardsson.

Police warned people that teargas would be used if the situation couldn’t be kept under control otherwise.

Demonstrators said they would leave if police would unarm. Once police complied with people’s demand, they kept their word. “Long live the people. We will be back!” a demonstrator shouted on the way out.

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