Icelandic protesters are on a roll these days. A group of people operating under the slogan “A protest a day” gathered this morning for the third demonstration in as many days, this time in front of the Financial Supervisory Authority. They shouted slogans and threw rocks, breaking some windows in the FSA offices. After that they crowded into a branch of Glitnir nearby and made a ruckus.
I must admit that I was somewhat alarmed to see that it was the very branch of which my father’s wife is manager. Firstly because of the safety concerns, and secondly because I know for a fact that these past few months have been an incredibly difficult time for her and all her staff. Shortly after the bank’s collapse I was over at their house and she talked about how angry and betrayed she felt. She had no idea that anything criminal was afoot in the bank before it collapsed. She trusted her employers and later discovered that she’d been fed a bunch of lies. And with all that baggage, she had to forge on, working to rebuild the bank and dealing with people on a daily basis who came into her office weeping because they were about to lose everything. And had to tell them that there was no money, no credit, to be had.
I think that often gets forgotten these days. The plight of the normal workers in the banks who are dealing with the people on the ground – very often the people who are worst affected by the economic meltdown, who are destitute and in despair. It can’t be easy.
Anyway. It all turned out well this morning – a second news item, posted shortly after the first on mbl.is, said that the staff of the bank had made coffee for the protesters and they had subsequently left, expressing their thanks for the coffee on the way out. And I had to smile to myself, because if there’s anything my father’s wife knows, it’s how to throw a good party.
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Hardly a breeze, a powder blue sky and white snow all over the ground. Picture-perfect winter scene out there. Temps currently -4°C [24F], sunrise was at 11:20 am, sunset due for 3:29 pm.