Iceland anti government demonstrations continue

Protest Iceland, January 10 2009 video.

From IceNews in Iceland:

Reykjavik protests still on despite election call (updated)

By Alex on Jan 24, 2009 in Iceland, MBL, Politics, Society

The 16th protest meeting organised by the Voice of the People group took place outside the Icelandic parliament in Reykjavik this afternoon with an estimated 5,000 participants.

The protesters gathered, as usual, to protest the handling of the economic crisis in Iceland and to call for the resignations of the government and the boards of the central bank and the financial supervisory authority.

Speeches today were made by Magnus Bjorn Olafsson, journalist; Hildur Helga Sigurdardottir, journalist; Jakobina Ingunn Olafsdottir, political scientist and Gudmundur Andri Thorsson, author.

The Voice of the People’s website says, among other things that despite the partial victory that comes with the announcement of new elections of the 9th May, the people still cannot stop applying pressure. They say the nation cannot suffer this “incompetent government” for a day longer. The same people remain in charge of the Central Bank of Iceland and the FME (financial supervisory authority), and the ‘Outvasion Vikings’ are still going about their business, the group argues.

They end with a plea to begin the process of “spring cleaning” the entire Icelandic political system.

3 Comment(s)


On Jan 24, 2009, massimo said:

People also met to show support to Hörður Torfa.

On Jan 24, 2009, Ólafur said:

Now protest at the Central Bank instead!

On Jan 24, 2009, Owen Reed said:

Well done to the protesters in Iceland. People in Britain are watching with interest as we despeately want rid of our ‘Government’.
I hope Iceland recovers from its problems.

The rank and file of the Icelandic Social Democrats, junior partners of the Rightist Independence Party in the coalition government, wanted to get out of the coalition, under pressure by the mass movement, thus helping in the government collapse.

According to an opinion poll just before the Prime Minister resigned, the Left Green party would become the biggest party in new elections.

From Reuters:

INTERVIEW-Iceland’s Left-Green party head says ready to rule

23 Jan 2009 17:43:11 GMT

by Kim McLaughlin

REYKJAVIK, Jan 23 – The leader of Iceland’s biggest opposition party wants to renegotiate the terms for the country’s $10 billion IMF-crafted aid package if his party wins an early election the current government plans to hold in May.

Steingrimur Sigfusson, Chairman of the Left-Green Party told Reuters in an interview he wanted elections as soon as possible and that he was prepared to become prime minister if his party wins enough support, as recent polls suggest they will.

“Now the people of Iceland have already experienced what some of these conditions mean, so I think we would be supported by many to try and reopen negotiations with the IMF to at least adjust these programmes better to Icelandic needs and circumstances,” he said.

Icelandic Prime Minister Geir Haarde, under growing pressure from a financial collapse that has led to violent protests, announced on Friday he was stepping down and wanted an early election to be held on May 9. (Reporting by Kim McLaughlin)

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