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Small Protest outside Iceland’s Government Offices

Approximately 50 people participated in a protest outside the Government Offices in Reykjavík yesterday while a cabinet meeting took place. Demonstrators beat barrels and made loud noises which could easily be heard inside the building.

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The Government Offices. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

According to mbl.is, MP for The Movement Birgitta Jónsdóttir was among the protestors. She is currently on unpaid leave from parliament and has been active during the current wave of protests.

Police officers attended yesterday’s protest but didn’t interfere, as it was peaceful. The reason for the preparedness of the police was damages caused to the Government Office by a drunk individual the night before, visir.is reports.

The man, who is in his late twenties, smashed eight windows in the building with a bat around 1:30 am. According to visir.is, the man was arrested but the police could not find out what his motive was as he was unable to explain himself due to his drunken state.

Meanwhile, more than 300 people gathered in Blönduós, northwest Iceland, to protest the government’s planned cut in contributions to healthcare in the Austur-Húnavatnssýsla county outlined in the 2011 budget bill, Morgunbladid reports.

Click here to read more about recent protests in Iceland and here to read about responses to the planned cut to healthcare.

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