Hands on approach by the Central Bank

According to the IMF, the country has seen the worst economic crash ever, relative to the size of the economy. Next year’s negative growth in GDP is going to outdo Zimbabwe by a mile.

So the economists at the Central Bank are probably hard at work trying to fix what can be fixed in the economy?

No, they are trying to pick a fight with protesters in the street?

It would be interesting to know what the IMF thinks about Olafur Orn Klemensson, economist at the Central bank who can be seen hitting this guy in a video at Mbl.is ?

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Amazingly, the guy doesn’t hit back, but Olafur approaches this woman and gives her a big shove.

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The guy next to Olafur seems to be as drunk as him and as they leave the protesters who although portrayed as violent by Channel 2 do not retaliate, he shouts at them that they are “communist assholes”.

Which echoes brilliantly with Central Bank governor’s David Oddson’s opinion that those who find the turbulent Icelandic Krona to be an unsuitable currency are communists.

But at least it is interesting to see what the good people of the Central Bank are doing to help their country. Beating up peaceful protesters.

I could not link to the video but you can find it here in Icelandic. It is also interesting to see the employees of Channel 2 and Hotel Borg fighting protesters when there are several dozens policemen there to do the job.

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2 Responses to “Hands on approach by the Central Bank”


  1. 1 Nagger January 3, 2009 at 6:26 am

    “Communist scumbags” would be a more literal translation.

    But there are rumours that the big blue sends guys like these into the crowds to pick a fight with the protesters. If a fight breaks out the whole protest gets written off as a bunch of violent asshats, and the public opinion turns against them.

    Luckily the protesters had the good sense not to fight back. Score for them!
    And the real assholes were caught on film.
    <sarcasm>
    They’re both government employees so the probably violated their code of conduct, and will likely be reprimanded and/or fired for this.
    </sarcasm>

  2. 2 Nagger January 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    “Communist scumbags” would be a more literal translation.

    But there have been rumours that the blue party sends guys like these into the crowds to pick a fight with the protesters. If even a small fight breaks out the whole protest gets written off as a bunch of loony, violent asshats, and the public opinion turns against them.

    Luckily the protesters had the good sense not to fight back. Score for them!
    And the real scumbags were exposed on film. Another score!


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