Today I headed down to Austurvöllur where there was a demonstration called at 1.30 pm.
The idea was to disrupt the first session of parliament since the Christmas recess, which began at the same time. People showed up with noisemakers, pots, pans, drums, honked car horns – you name it, anything that made noise.
I didn’t stay very long, but while I was there, at least, everything was peaceful. However, shortly afterwards things heated up and apparently police used tear gas to dissipate protesters who had gathered in the yard behind the parliament building. A few people have been arrested.
There are some pics here.
I managed to take a couple of videos on my little pocket camera – the first one a short distance from the scene …
The second right in the thick of things, in front of the entrance to the parliament building …
I’ll never win an Oscar, but it will give an idea of the noise. Almost as exciting as Obama’s inauguration! [Almost.]
UPDATE: Here’s a video from mbl.is – it’s in Icelandic, but the images speak for themselves.
IT’S A GREAT DAY FOR A PROTEST
Calm, mild, currently 1°C [34F]. Sunrise was at 10:42 am, sunset 4:36 pm.