Police fighting protesters in Reykjavik

A New Years Eve tradition is an extremely boring talk show where the leaders of the parties in parliament gather to discuss the year at its end.

Two days ago word spread that protesters would appear outside the downtown hotel where the talk show has traditionally been held.

Channel 2 knew about this and wasn´t going to miss this great chance of historic television.

Of course the protests got out of hand. Right after Valgerdur Sverrisdottir, head of the Progressive Party and one of those who handed the banks to the politically connected businessmen had said that it had all been proven to be beyond doubt, when it hasn´t and Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir, foreign minister repeated her words about those who protested not being representatives of the nation, all hell broke loose.

A “disgraced” Sigmundur Ernir Runarsson, host of the talk show told how they had to cut the show after equipment had been damaged.

He must have been smiling on the inside because this was the most interesting New Years show ever. Fantastic television.

Violence should always be abhorred. But the government has been fortunate so far as the nation has shown them incredible patience in the twelwe weeks since the economic collapse. As I have predicted several times before on this site, this is what will happen if people don´t see any sort of reconciliation, which so far has been non-existent.

No resignations by politicians, no lawsuits against the businessmen who owned the banks, no action when those who bankrupted Iceland´s largest companies are allowed to buy them back for a fraction. When those who are elected to lead show extreme lack of action, they are bound to eventually face extreme actions by fed up citizens.

It all leads to people having no trust in the society the live in. And that is when things that have gone terribly wrong take a turn for worse.

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1 Response to “Police fighting protesters in Reykjavik”


  1. 1 Binna December 31, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you for your commentaries. Good New Year wishes! Áfram Ísland!


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