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Thousands of People Demonstrate on May 1

An estimated 3,000 people demonstrated on Austurvöllur parliamentary square on Friday, Labor Day, to demand social justice. Labor unions also demanded that the government ensures the same stability here as in Iceland’s neighboring countries.

From the protests on Austurvöllur in November 2008. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Austurvöllur hasn’t seen as many protestors since the days of the “Pot and Pan Revolution,” a series of protests that began last fall and continued until after the government collapsed in January, Morgunbladid reports.

Demonstrations were also held in other places across the country. Akureyri, the largest town in north Iceland, hadn’t seen as many protestors on May 1 in decades.

Awareness was also raised for other causes at the occasion. Asylum-seekers donated food to remind participants of their fight for justice, Fréttabladid reports.

Click here to read more about protests organized by asylum seekers in Iceland.

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