Icesave protest largely attended - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icesave protest largely attended

Published August 14, 2009

A protest in front of parliament, orchestrated by Indefence, was attended by an estimated 3,000 people yesterday afternoon. The demonstration was intended to protest the current form of the Icesave agreement, appealing to MP’s to disapprove of the bill that would see repayment of the lost savings of British and Dutch Icesave account holders falling on the shoulders of Icelandic tax payers.
Ólafur Elíasson, a spokesperson for Indefence, emphasized the importance of a united front in applying pressure on parliament. MP’s and other persons of note came out to add to that united front yesterday, including Davíd Oddsson, former Prime Minster and governor of the Central Bank. Speaking at the demonstration, Jóhannes Þór Skúlason stated that “the Icesave issue transcends political debate and Icelanders want an Icesave agreement that they can honour.”
Parliaments Economic and Tax Committee convened five times yesterday and was joined by Minister of Finance Steingrímur J. Sigfússon after midnight, according to Morgunbladid. Apparently no cross-political consensus on the Icesave agreement was reached.
Indefence previously organized the popular “Icelanders are not terrorists” campaign, launched in response to anti-terrorist legislation being implemented by the UK to freeze Iceland’s assets following the financial collapse.

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