Today’s demonstration was a silent one.
People were summoned to Austurvöllur square at 3 pm to stand in front of the parliament building in silence for 17 minutes – representing one minute for each year that the Independence Party has been in power. Then every sixty seconds, the organizer of the demonstration would read out one year over a loudspeaker: “the year 1991.” “the year 1992.” “the year 1993.” etcetera, all the way to 2008.
A few rebels shouted, and some people talked amongst themselves, but mostly there was a hush.
Strange as it may sound, it was actually pretty intense.