Two Thousand People Protest Outside Parliament

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Two Thousand People Protest Outside Parliament

At least two thousand people attended a demonstration outside the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, when parliament reconvened for the fall session at 9:30 am on Saturday. Some protestors tossed eggs and fruit at parliamentarians, causing one of them to collapse to the ground.

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From the protests in October 2010. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“The egg hit me in the left temple,” Left-Green MP Árni Thór Sigurdsson told mbl.is shortly after the attack. “It hit a bad spot so I felt dizzy and lost my balance. I’m still a little dizzy but otherwise fine.

Sigurdsson said it is important that protests are carried out peacefully. “Of course everyone has the right to protest and express their views to the government and MPs but when it has come to damaging properties and hurting people it has gone too far.”

Helgi Bernódusson, office manager of Althingi, told Morgunbladid that the framework around protests will be reviewed after Saturday’s demonstration.

New protests have been called for outside the parliament tonight when Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir will give her government’s keynote speech.

ESA