4,000 People Commit To Today's Protest - The Reykjavik Grapevine

4,000 People Commit To Today’s Protest

Published November 10, 2014

Haukur Már Helgason
Photos by
Helgi Jóhann Hauksson (still)

Over 4,000 people have announced their participation in today’s protest in front of Alþingi. Like last Monday’s gathering, which saw thousands of participants, the demonstration is organized by the group Jæja.

In the announcement for today’s demonstration, the organizers say the protest will focus on defending the public healthcare system, public access to it, and show support to staff, includin doctors, currently on strike. They also emphasize solidarity with the group of cleaners who were discharged from government buildings last week.

The organizers encourage people to bring “flags, signs, kitchen ware, music instruments, flashlights and headlamps to show politicians the way,” — as well as brooms, “in special solidarity with the group of ministry cleaners who were discharged last week”.

In a video made on behalf of the Jæja group at last week’s protest, as seen above, participants seemed to agree that a variety of reasons were bringing them together. They cited the decline of the public healthcare system, the secret weaponization of the police, lies and deception within ministries, recently imposed restrictions on access to education and more.

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