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Demonstrations and Flag-Burning in Iceland

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Demonstrations and Flag-Burning in Iceland

Two demonstrations were organized in Reykjavík on Saturday in protest of the economic crisis and lack of actions. In the latter, which began on Austurvöllur square at 4 pm, protestors burned flags marked Landsbanki Bank.

The flag-burning protests were organized by activist and television presenter Kolfinna Baldvinsdóttir with the goal of “breaking the silence of officials and walking for democracy,” visir.is reports.

The demonstrators marched from Austurvöllur to Rádherrabústadurinn on Tjarnargata, an historic building which used to be the residence of the prime minister, where the flag-burning took place.

There, former Foreign Minister Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson and activist Ómar Ragnarsson, among others, addressed the crowd.

The other demonstration, which began at Austurvöllur at 3 pm, was organized by musician Hördur Torfason. Among those who spoke during the protests were author Einar Már Gudmundsson.

Protests were also organized in Akureyri and Seydisfjördur, in north and east Iceland.

The demonstrations caught worldwide attention. Norwegian newspaper Aftensposten reported that 2,000 Icelanders had demanded that both the country’s prime minister and the chairman of the Central Bank board of directors step down and that Iceland apply for EU membership as soon as possible.

Click here to watch a video of last weekend’s protests (click on the arrow below the headline) and here to watch a video of protests which took place on October 18.

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