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Thousands Protest Against Iceland’s Government

Demonstrations were held on Austurvöllur parliamentary square in central Reykjavík on Saturday, as on previous Saturdays, where thousands of people (8,000 according to some reports) gathered to protest against Iceland’s government, demanding elections next spring.

Speakers were philosopher Vidar Thorsteinsson and authors Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir and Andri Snaer Magnason, Fréttabladid reports.

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“The political bankruptcy which has taken place in Iceland is neither a natural catastrophe nor an accident. It was caused by humans and is a result of the human-made global financial system which Icelandic politicians chose to make Iceland dependent on,” Thorsteinsson said, adding:

“It is that ideology, that system and those people who are responsible for the current situation. Nowhere else in the world was the bubble of the financial system made to grow as uncontrollably as it was in Iceland. Nowhere else in the world was the public turned into collateral for a small group of wealthy people.”

Gunnarsdóttir said the government “had been steering a bus without breaks on the superhighway of greed, following the sport cars of the billionaires at full speed,” recommending an emergency plan for the coming weeks and months.

Magnason said Iceland’s government should have listened to those who had criticized the development of the Icelandic economy. “We can see now that everyone who criticized us was not being envious of us. They were our true friends.”

Although the protests were generally peaceful, after the speeches some individuals threw eggs and skyr, special Icelandic yoghurt, at the parliamentary building and set toilet paper on fire by the entrance. Police extinguished the fire, but didn’t intervene otherwise.

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