The organization Voices of the People will continue calling for protests every Saturday on Austurvöllur parliamentary square in downtown Reykjavík until the board of the Central Bank has been replaced.
“The board of the Central Bank has to go; we will not be silenced otherwise. It is a very clear message,” lead protestor, musician Hördur Torfason, told Fréttabladid.
From the protests on November 15, 2008. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
Last Saturday, nearly 7,000 people attended the demonstration on Austurvöllur. That was the 16th Saturday in a row on which the Voices of the People organized protests.
Since October, the organization has demanded early elections, the resignation of the government and that the boards of the Financial Supervisory Authority (FME) and the Central Bank step down. Now only the last item remains.
Protestors have mostly been silent since the Independence Party-Social Democrat coalition government split on Monday, although a small group of people convened on Austurvöllur that day to celebrate the event.