The new session began with the President and the Bishop walking the few metres from the Althing to the Cathedral, followed by the prime minister, ministers and all the mp’s. They walked across the square though another hail of eggs. One man interviewed on camera said he wasn’t protesting, he’d just come to say goodbye - he is leaving for
Out of town riot police protected the building as the local riot police have resigned. A statement from the Police Union said that the police are unhappy at being used as a shield between the government and the people but they could not refuse orders.
A petition of 34000 signatures has been handed in to the prime minister demanding the removal of index linking of mortgages which will only increase repossessions. Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir says this will be top of her agenda next week.
Meanwhile there seems to be some confusion as Steingrimur J. Sigfusson, the finance minister said later today that it would not be a good idea to make more cuts. However he is going to save 1% through ‘streamlining’, whist the Welfare Ministry announced cuts of 2 billion Isk or 2.3%. Furthermore Steingrimur still says
will pay off its deficit by 2014. Iceland
180 jobs were lost in September and more are expected to go soon. Fuel tax increases have also been announced.
If I were the Icelandic government I would keep those security fences handy. They are going to need them again soon.