Have just spent the evening in the company of three investigative journalists from Norway, having dinner in a restaurant next to the parliament buildings.
The protests have continued today and this evening. Demonstrators surrounded the car of the Prime Minister and pelted it with eggs and skyr. They were in front of the parliament buildings today and this evening, save for a short break when they all trekked up to the National Theatre where the Social Democratic Party was holding a meeting. By the time we finished dinner, around 11 pm, they were back at the parliament building and had lit a fire. Around the back demonstrators were trying to force their way into the building and the riot police had formed a wall and were forcing them back.
PM Geir H. Haarde announced today that he had no intention of calling an early election. [What are they waiting for? Greece-style rioting? Torched and overturned cars? Burning buildings?] Meanwhile, the word is that the Social Democrats are looking for a good enough reason to pull the plug on the coalition and are hoping that the Independence Party will refuse to agree to enter into talks with the EU, which would give them the reason they need. The IP is holding its party congress this coming weekend where this will be the main issue on the agenda. So we shall see.
I’ve got lots more to say, a handful of salicious details I heard this evening … but alas, it is late and it’s time to turn in for the night. More later!