Tomorrow, at 10:30, parliament will officially reconvene, and a fresh round of protests is set to begin on Austurvellir.
Various interests are to be represented at these protests, with a main focus on the perceived lack of action from the government to make the economy recover faster, their protection of banks over households and, to some extent, concerns over joining the European Union. Some 20,000 people are expected to attend.
DV reports that there will be a concert in front of parliament, organised in part by Hagsmunasamtök heimilanna (lit. “The home’s special interest group”). Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir has been invited to attend, and to a receive a petition with some 30,000 signatures calling upon the government to change the home loans system.
As protests go, this should prove to be a family-oriented affair, with bouncy castles available for kids, Icelandic meat soup available from everyone, and other attractions. Valþór Ólason, one of the organisers of the event, said that he hopes they have thought of everything, and advises those who would attend to dress for the weather, even though a bonfire is planned.
Among the artists to perform at the concert are singer/guitarist KK, jazz singer Jussanam da Silva, and the legendary Megas.
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