Another round of the so-called “barrel protests” began yesterday at 14:00, seeing a maximum of about 400 people. By 16:00, that number had reduced to about 100.
While some eggs were thrown at the parliamentary building, there were no reported injuries, and no arrests were made.
The attendance is in sharp contrast with the reputed 8,000 people who attended the first round of barrel protests just a few weeks ago. However, a recent Gallup poll showed that about 73% of the public support the protests.
It is still unclear who are the organizers of these protests, or even if there is any consensus with regards to their wishes. The same poll that showed the high levels of support showed that only one-third are protesting because they believe the government isn’t doing enough to help Icelandic households. For what reasons the other two-thirds are protesting remains unclear.
The protests still see the support of a number of public figures, however, such as Movement MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir and former candidate for the Liberal Party Sturla Jónsson.