Protests escalate at Reykjavik parliament square

Protesters carrying banners saying "Bjarni is not innocent," "We have …

Protesters carrying banners saying "Bjarni is not innocent," "We have had enough of you" and "Power no matter what?" Iceland Monitor / Golli

Anna Margrét Björnsson

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Anna Margrét Björnsson

Iceland Monitor is at the protest taking place at Austurvöllur square in front of the Icelandic parliament, the second protest to call for a new government. Despite the PM stepping down, the crowd is not at all happy about today's turn in events. 

The crowds are much smaller than yesterday, when an estimated 25 thousand people attended but they still cover 3/4 of the square, beating drums, making noise, pelting bananas. 

"This is just one big scandal," says one protester, "I want a new government."

Another said, "I do not want this government, I want it dissolved, although there's a difference in the gravitiy of the matters concerning Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and the other two ministers involved in the Panama Papers, I do not want financial minister Bjarni Benediktsson in this government. And I certainly don't want to see Sigurður Ingi as a new PM. He's someone who has supported and defended Gunnlaugsson's actions over and over again. These people are completely incapable."

Update at 6.30 pm: Protesters are marching away from the parliament square towards the headquarters of the Progressive Party in Hverfisgata, Reykjavik to continue the protest. 

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