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Protests Continue in Iceland

Nearly 2,000 people marched from Hlemmur bus terminal to Austurvöllur parliamentary square in downtown Reykjavík on Saturday to protest against the economic situation in Iceland. Four trucks led the progression, honking their horns.

Last Saturday’s demonstration was the third since the collapse of Iceland’s banking system, Fréttabladid reports.

Musician Hördur Torfason and television presenter Kolfinna Baldvinsdóttir are the people behind the series of protests, demanding that Iceland’s government and the board of the Central Bank step down.

“We will not stop until the message is delivered,” Baldvinsdóttir said, arguing that the nation neither trusts the government nor the board of the Central Bank anymore and wants someone else to take the reigns.

Members of the public held speeches outside the Althingi parliament on Austurvöllur, preschool teacher Óskar Ástthórsson, truck driver Sturla Jónsson, physiologist Pétur Tyrfingsson and practical nurse Lárus Páll Birgisson.

The organizers of the protests, Torfason and Baldvinsdóttir, seem to have agreed on when and how they should take place last Saturday. The weekend before, they had held separate protests and then criticized each other in public.

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