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Iceland: Protests over IMF cuts

by Sarah Ensor
Issue No. 2272

Over 3,000 people protested in Reykjavik, Iceland against austerity last Saturday.

That meant 1 percent of the population was outside parliament calling for the government to go. Protesters set off flares and threw eggs and yoghurt.

Days earlier 300 police had demonstrated, and all 25 of the Suðurnes riot police resigned “because our wages don’t reflect our duties”.

A petition of 34,000 signatures was also handed in to the prime minister demanding the removal of index linking of mortgages, which has caused more repossessions.

Prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir agreed that this will be top of her agenda.

Finance minister Steingrimur Sigfusson said it was not a good idea to make more cuts, but that Iceland will still pay off its deficit by 2014.

The welfare ministry has announced further cuts.

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Tue 4 Oct 2011, 18:02 BST
Issue No. 2272
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