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Where are all the commies now?

There is a demonstration scheduled for 5 pm this afternoon in front of the parliament buildings, to protest the current terms of the Icesave agreement. The main organizer is the InDefence group that some of you may remember from their “I am not a terrorist” campaign last year.

Apparently the Independence Party sent all of its members an email urging them to attend the demonstration.

This marks quite a change from last winter, when there were ongoing demonstrations in Austurvöllur square and the IP was still in power , they were adamant that the protesters were all a bunch of Left-Greens and communists.

GREAT DAY, THOUGH A LITTLE COOL
But then again, we’re pretty spoiled now with all the sweltering temps we’ve been having this summer. This is just, well, normal. It’s mostly cloudy right now with the occasional sunny spells, 12°C [54F]. Sunrise at 5.11 am and sunset 9.51.

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  • Chris August 13, 2009, 2:20 pm

    Times are changing. And for me its quite audacious if the IP acts like this. As if they had nothing to do with this crisis…

  • Lee August 13, 2009, 2:29 pm

    I thought the InDefence group was set up to campaign for Britain to withdraw the “anti-terrorism legislation” and that happened when the Icesave agreement was signed. So, now that InDefence’s cause is resolved, is it evolving into a general political group – the beginnings of a new “civil movement”?…

  • Paul H August 13, 2009, 2:37 pm

    Whilst I cannot join in (due to not being Icelandic etc.) I direct solidarity and peace towards this endeavour.

  • Silvia Planchett August 13, 2009, 3:38 pm

    Exactly what you would expect from these slow leak conservatives!

  • Dave Hambidge August 13, 2009, 3:44 pm

    Have a nice protest and I hope the cops stay clean.

  • Ljósmynd DE August 13, 2009, 4:02 pm

    No organizers of a demonstration can handpick their followers, but somehow, this sounds like George Bush & cronies demonstrating in front of the White House to have the troops withdrawn from Iraq and Guantanamo closed down AT ONCE.

    Maybe, some of the protesters find the time at the demonstration to aks the IP members some questions about their party’s true intention and proposed solution to the problem, because to say ‘No’ now is not quite enough.

    Aren’t there still the signatures of Oddsson and Mathiesen under the first Icesave agreement from last November – apparently provided without much of preceding discussion in parliament?

    And there is a thin line between protesting the current terms of the Icesave agreement and protesting the evil EU/IMF/British- or Dutch governments, which have no other intention than to enslave poor Iceland. I hope, it’s for all going to be the first one.

  • Peter Reeves August 13, 2009, 7:04 pm

    The corruption, stupidity, and manipulation grows; retrieve the stolen money from the criminals and that will more than pay for Icesave. It just so happens that many of the criminals are Independence party members.

  • Ljósmynd DE August 13, 2009, 8:06 pm

    There is a supportive article by your PM in the Financial Times:

    Icelanders are angry but will make sacrifices

    I hope, it is going to be heard.

    As everybody in Iceland seems to agree on this point more or less, why is there so much bickering in parliament?

  • tom joseph aka tj3 August 13, 2009, 11:22 pm

    Set aside actual commies and say for fun: where are all the people who want real change?

    Here in the USA Democrats and Republicans are out protesting also. As Uncle Bill Shakespeare said once sort of “I think perhaps thou doth protest too much”.

    Or there is also Old Cousin Lao Tse from China who mentioned a kind of truism” When the wrong man uses the right means, the right means work in the wrong way”.

    Genuine positive change means a change beyond tactics and posing and political blathering. There needs to be something that will sweep away the vestiges of a stupid old system that would burden Iceland or America with crippling debts to the idiotic corrupt past.

    What is the attraction of revolutionary protest? I would answer the feeling for actual change. The Independence Party perhaps should dissolve itself before such a protest and come to the festivities with fresh eyes and unheard words and a clean native spirit.

    The same holds true here, the utter dreariness of US politics today is most uninteresting and ultimately unhelpful.