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People Start Revolting In Iceland: Summary Of Action News In English

category international | anti-capitalism | other press author Tuesday December 23, 2008 00:18author by bjoerndaeler häagmundson Report this post to the editors

- from Greece to Iceland and around the planet our hearts are burning -

Things are more and more fucked here in Iceland. Iceland's three main banks have been nationalised and the tax payer now has to pay off the loans. The country is broke and the IMF have been called in and have imposed their usual austerity measures. Unemployment is growing rapidly along with the threat of people losing their homes. Alongside this the population is growing increasingly angry.
A Capitalist doll was hung at a recent protest in Iceland
A Capitalist doll was hung at a recent protest in Iceland


Hey my friends

Things are more and more fucked here in Iceland.
If you want to see some of it in English, there is a translation here:
http://aftaka.org/2008/12/12/direct-action-in-iceland/

Taking some quotes from the above article, it is clear the mood is beginning to change rather quickly in Iceland as evidenced during the Weekly demonstrations

For more than 2 months people have gathered weekly in a park in front of the parliament. The first protests demanded that the government would “break it’s silence” about the current situation. People were tired of not even being told about what was happening and what the government was doing about it.

But soon people realized that it was not enough to ask the government to speak, so the protests took up another and more radical demand: the resign of the government and new elections as soon as possible. The government has completely ignored this demand and people are getting more and more angry.

Anarchists and other radical leftists have come to most of the protests, but not to protest against the economic situation, not to ask the government for solutions, not to ask for new elections, not to ask any member of the government or parliament or any other official institution to do anything to “solve” the crisis we are facing. But to spread anarchistic and anti-capitalistic information among people, analyse the problems of authority and capitalism and to encourage Icelandic people to take direct action against the forces of corruption.


Since that time the protests have been growing bigger and at a recent one the numbers swelled to 10,000. This may not seem a lot by European standards but when you consider the population of Iceland is only 320,000, it gives you some idea.

There is also a new video here
http://mbl.is/mm/frettir/sjonvarp/21692/
hehe

people broke into the central bank and in the financial supervisory
people broke into the central bank and in the financial supervisory

smash capitalism
smash capitalism

author by Tpublication date Tue Dec 23, 2008 01:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Protests are growing by the week in Iceland as the situation deterioates further

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author by C Flower - Machine Nationpublication date Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Thanks for this report. We are also trying to follow the situation in Iceland here and would appreciate any more information available.

http://machinenation.forumakers.com/world-politics-and-...55512

author by Rage again the Machinepublication date Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:46author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hopefully irish people will come to their senses soon and give politicians, bankers, capitalists and the general estaiblishment a piece of their mind like the good people of Iceland!!

author by Sean Mac an tSaoirpublication date Mon Dec 29, 2008 00:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

How refreshing it is to see that in both Greece and Iceland, it's ordinary people on the streets taking back their respective countries from the bankers, the gangster capitalists and the bureaucrats. The powers that be can't just pin the trouble on loony anarchists and their irrelevant cousins on the far left, because these ideologues simply have no truck with ordinary people. This is why what's happening in Greece and Iceland isn't making the mainstream media over here.

author by dunkpublication date Mon Jan 26, 2009 18:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Iceland's coalition government collapsed today under the pressures of a financial meltdown and prime minister Geir Haarde said he would hand in his resignation to president Olafur Ragnar Grimsson.

"I really regret that we could not continue with this coalition. I believe that that would have been the best result," he told reporters at parliament.

Foreign minister Ingibjorg Gisladottir, the Social Democrat leader who had been considered a potential replacement for Mr Haarde, announced she would not seek to be prime minister and would take a leave of absence for one or two months...

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0126/...3.htm

Iceland's coalition government falls apart
http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0126/iceland.html

author by Iceland and Ireland, what differencepublication date Wed Jan 28, 2009 13:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Question: What is the difference between Iceland and Ireland?

Answer: One letter and six months.

This common ‘joke’ in Irish business circles has now moved dangerously close to reality. The Financial Times printed a special feature about the Irish economy under the apt headline “things fall apart” and the Wall Street Journal reported that “questions over Ireland’s solvency are becoming increasingly urgent’.

From latest Socialist worker party newsletter, http://swp.ie/

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