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Because a whisper can be as loud as a shout

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.



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  • Roy December 13, 2008, 11:47 pm

    Spaugstofan should receive a medal for doing such a great job of keeping this injustice in the forefront. They have it nailed. The bit regarding Birna Einarsdóttir tonight was hilarious, I just hope she was watching!

  • Keera December 14, 2008, 10:57 am

    That sort of mutual agreement in a crowd of complete strangers does tend to be intense. When is the next election in (or is it “on”?) Iceland?

  • Swiss Missus December 14, 2008, 12:36 pm

    “Reden ist Silber, Schweigen ist Gold.”


  • wally December 14, 2008, 2:03 pm

    you missed this one…

    Kaupthing, Landsbanki and Glitnir sound like elf characters from The Lord of the Rings,

  • Rozanne December 16, 2008, 1:28 am

    That does sound intense. I hope the Independence Party gets the message pretty soon that it needs to step down