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Protesters in Iceland Protest against Each Other

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Protesters in Iceland Protest against Each Other

Because of their differences, musician Hördur Torfason and television presenter Kolfinna Baldvinsdóttir organized separate protests against the economic crisis in Iceland last Saturday while they had organized joint protests the weekend before.

Kolfinna Baldvinsdóttir speaks during the October 18 protests. Photo by Sigurdur Jökull Ólafsson. Copyright: IPA.

Torfason encourage people to convene at Austurvöllur parliamentary square in downtown Reykjavík at 3 pm and protest under the slogan, “Procession against the situation,” Fréttabladid reports.

A group led by Baldvinsdóttir marched from Austurvöllur at 4 pm under the slogan, “Break the silence of officials and walk for democracy.” Her protests ended with some demonstrators burning the flag of Landsbanki Bank.

Torfason said in regards to the joint protests on October 10, “Kolfinna and others were trying to be in control and wanted to include some politicians. I won’t allow it. These meetings are unpolitical because people in this country have become so tired of this political nonsense.”

Baldvinsdóttir denies that she was trying to tell people how to protest. “Hördur has not privatized the protests. I encourage everyone to protest on every corner of the city.”

Baldvinsdóttir said Torfason’s reactions demonstrate why Icelanders cannot work together on anything. “He has become highly political in his debate. It is extremely despicable behavior.”

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