Icelanders Egg PM as Global Protests Condemn Corruption and Banksters

As proceedings begin against Iceland’s former Prime Minister, Geir Haarde, for the banking crisis of 2008, at least two thousand Icelanders took to the streets in two days of protest this weekend. Iceland joins over a dozen other nations protesting economic measures taken out on the public while banks and large corporations receive bailouts. Class war is on, and it’s gone global.

Mass protests were also held in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Serbia, Romania, Poland, and the U.S., according to reports from several sources. Folks around the world reject corrupt banking practices and bailouts, while social services are cut and tens of millions have been forced into joblessness and homelessness.

Dori Sigurdsson, an Icelandic blogger, reports that when Parliament returned from recess on October 1st, they were met by a loud, angry crowd who tossed eggs, bread, dairy products and keys at them. People slept outside the Parliament building the night before its return session. He’s posted videos and several images.

Dori notes, “because of the lack of help from the Goverment for the public, many are now losing their houses and cars.” In a nation of only 317,000, 12 percent (or 40,000) have lost — or are about to lose — their homes, he says Icelanders condemn the injustice of large companies and their CEOs having had their debts forgiven by government, while theirs are not.

Three other officials were charged with “misconduct in the lead up to, during and following the banking crisis,” reports Ice News. Parliament voted to prosecute only Haarde for negligence, under a 100-year-old law that has never before been used.

Icelanders are also angry that only the former PM is being charged. One commenter on the Ice News article noted, “Is this not a total betrayal of the people?” And criminal, to reasonable minds.

Eggs hit Prime Minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, who rode into power as Iceland’s most beloved political leader with a 75% approval rating. She was installed in January 2009 after a coalition of Social Democrats and Left-Greens formed to replace the Independence Party-led coalition government, headed by Haarde, which was terminated. Should other nations terminate their corrupt governments?

The Guardian notes widespread protest across Europe “amid growing fury at austerity measures being imposed… Disruption in more than a dozen countries this week included a national strike in Spain and a cement truck driven into the Irish parliament’s gates.” Press TV also reported on protests planned in several nations last week.

Even in the US, thousands recently protested in Washington, D.C. for jobs instead of wars. ANSWER Coalition’s Brian Becker told reporters that the US spends a billion dollars every two days for its military invasions. That’s much lower than the trillion dollars a year that Robert Higgs of the Independent Institute calculates. We do know that Congress spends 58 percent of its discretionary budget on the military.

Many economists note that unemployment in the US is two to three times higher than what the Labor Department reports. In July, economists put the number at 28 percent, compared to the 9.5 percent rate reported by the feds. For September, the Christian Science Monitor showed unemployment at 16.7 percent, while the feds reported 9.6 percent.

In the US where 95% of the public rejected both Wall Street bailouts (under Bush and under Obama), we learned that banksters then rewarded themselves with million dollar bonuses. The boldness of their depravity is sure to have its rebound effect. Is it time to terminate this government too?

The Guardian also reported that a “UN agency has warned of growing social unrest because of a long ‘labour market recession’ that could last until 2015.” 2015!

Thank goodness mortgage squatters are growing in number in the US. This is even before it was discovered that “foreclosure mills” fabricated documents to seize peoples’ homes. Some of those mills do not even hold legal title, Ellen Brown reports.

In Iceland, the Guardian noted, “Birgitta Jónsdóttir, one of three MPs to join the protesters, said: ‘There is a realisation that the IMF is going to wipe out our middle classes.’” That’s true of every nation sucked into the greed of banksters, the US included.

Protesters are out again right now, Monday night, Dori told me (6 pm Eastern, 10 pm Iceland time).

“The protest is still on, and it is peaceful – but with lots of noise that can be heard in the Parliament building.”

Rady Ananda began blogging in 2004. Her work has appeared in several online and print publications, including three books on election fraud. Most of her career was spent working for lawyers in research, investigations and as a paralegal. She graduated from The Ohio State University’s School of Agriculture with a B.S. in Natural Resources. Read other articles by Rady.

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  1. hayate said on October 5th, 2010 at 8:14am #

    “Mass protests were also held in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Serbia, Romania, Poland, and the U.S., according to reports from several sources.”

    I’ll bet a certain group is sweating buckets right now. No doubt their media will soon be running stories about how al ciada is fomenting these protests.

  2. j30 said on October 5th, 2010 at 9:11am #

    lol, love your spelling, hayate

  3. MichaelKenny said on October 5th, 2010 at 9:23am #

    All of this, of course, is very positive for European governments because it gives them the backing of the “street”, so to speak, in dealing with Wall St. Not all the protests arise from the same issue. Obviously, Iceland is a separate issue from the eurozone states and in France, the current demonstrations concern a pension reform plan which goes back to before the present crisis. The recent (quite violent!) protests in Germany have nothing whatsoever to do with the economy and concern the building of a new railway station in Stuttgart, to which there are ecological objections. Amusingly, Wall St’s failed attack on the euro, by driving the value of the currency down to a more realistic level, has actually set off an ecomomic boom in Germany, which is working to the advantage of the entire EU! The protests in Poland are about where to place a memorial cross to the memory of the late president(!). In Italy, they were against Berlusconi’s bad habit of putting himself above the law. More interestingly, people from all over the EU gathered in Brussels to protest together, a further defeat for Wall St, which hoped to set EU citizens at each others throats, not rally them behind the EU and their Member State governments! Most interestingly of all, last weekend, Latvians re-elected the government in office to a further term, thus administering a slap in the face to the Wall St gurus who have been targeting that country. And, of course, Iceland’s application for EU membership is still ongoing! By the looks of it, the banksters have screwed up and that they might be sweating buckets wouldn’t surprise me in the least. It couldn’t happen to nicer people!

  4. bozh said on October 5th, 2010 at 9:24am #

    No protest, in my knowledge ever changed the basics. Where i come from, there was no protest held; instead of protets, there were hundreds of armed rebellions against patricians; some or most of these rebellions were called “Peasant Rebellions”– others happened in towns.
    So what happened to each armed uprising?
    Well, being local or of a region, the global rulers sent in their professional armies to put dwn rebellions and they always managed to put them dwn.

    But rebelling peasants were not expelled, jailed, or hung– only the leaders.
    Natch, nobles cldn’t stay rich with dead serfs—so, wisley or otherwise killed only a handful of leaders.

    Lesson is: only an equivalent or greater power can thwart or defeat another power; in this case of modern ‘nobles’ or in some arab countries the old ones: of amirs, aghas, kings!

    Bookburning, bookwriting, protests [against mafia], sitins, letterwriting, tankthinking, namecallling, invoking isms [chomskyism,capitalism, zionism], wishthink, endless jeremiahs, anger, bitterness, etc., does not frighten the new global ruler.
    In fact, s/he promotes all these activities. Some people do think: we have nader, our protector. There’s also Left in US, many other org’s– all working to protect us as well.
    So let’s not worry– there also those checks and balances, etc. tnx

  5. 3bancan said on October 5th, 2010 at 10:00am #

    MichaelKenny said on October 5th, 2010 at 9:23am #

    The more the European states are becoming enslaved to the Jewish nazi Israel and the zionazified US, the more MK asserts the contrary. It reminds me of his claim that the Israelis are building their new houses actually for the Palestinians, of course only for some obvious-to-MK reasons the houses can’t be inhabited by the Palestinians for a generation – probably because the Palestinians, not being used to democracy and civilization, must be first civilized and accultured enough to be able to inhabit those gifts of Jewish love and generosity…

  6. j30 said on October 5th, 2010 at 1:00pm #

    Michael, my article refers to the protests regarding the economy – the cuts that elites have made to social services, wages, etc. Yes, the protests you list did occur, too.

    “Stepping off buses from as far afield as Germany, Poland and Britain for a march snaking across Brussels, protestors said they had travelled to the heart of the EU to show the human cost of budget cuts.”

    It’ll be interesting to see how far this progresses, and if it will have any impact on “austerity measures” aka class war.

  7. hayate said on October 5th, 2010 at 6:35pm #

    Related to the financial crisis in Europe, of which Iceland is a part of:

    China offers to buy Greek debt
    Prime minister Wen Jiabao says his country will support Greece and rest of euro zone to overcome financial crisis.
    Last Modified: 03 Oct 2010 16:23 GMT

  8. Luis Cayetano said on October 5th, 2010 at 8:21pm #

    “China offers to buy Greek debt
    Prime minister Wen Jiabao says his country will support Greece and rest of euro zone to overcome financial crisis.”

    Just goes to show how capitalist China has really become. Where once it called for the overthrow of capitalism through revolution, now it is busy 1) propping it up, either through acting as an assembly plant for Western corporations and allowing those corporations to ruthlessly exploit its workers, or by buying out capitalist debt, and 2) selling weapons to reactionary regimes. They even wanted to sell weapons to Israel (WHY?!) but the US vetoed that.

    The Chinese are now ideologically given to capitalism, imagining that its internal contradictions can be overcome by the sorts of “stimulus programs” that capitalist governments tout as a “solution” to crisis. Won’t work. The overall trend is for the world economy to eventually (and quite soon) go down the shitter, in a depression even worse that the Great Depression.

  9. 3bancan said on October 5th, 2010 at 10:01pm #

    Luis Cayetano said on October 5th, 2010 at 8:21pm #
    “They even wanted to sell weapons to Israel (WHY?!) but the US vetoed that.”

    I’ve read somewhere that it’s Israel who sold/wanted to sell weapons to China…

  10. hayate said on October 5th, 2010 at 10:10pm #

    3bancan said on October 5th, 2010 at 10:01pm

    “I’ve read somewhere that it’s Israel who sold/wanted to sell weapons to China…”

    That’s my understanding, as well, but I didn’t say anything because the boi is obviously trolling for an argument, like before, and I saw no sense in encouraging him.


  11. Luis Cayetano said on October 6th, 2010 at 12:27am #

    “I’ve read somewhere that it’s Israel who sold/wanted to sell weapons to China…”

    I looked this up and you’re actually right. I was thinking of the AWACS radar sales that were going to go ahead ten years ago, and as it turns out it was the Israelis trying to sell to the Chinese. The Chinese were pissed off because Israel backed off after America (that is, Israel’s underling in your narrative) told them to. As befits their master status over America, of course. 🙂 But I won’t gloat. As for the Chinese themselves, perhaps you might like to think about why they were willing to enrich Israeli arms manufacturers.

    “That’s my understanding, as well, but I didn’t say anything because the boi is obviously trolling for an argument, like before, and I saw no sense in encouraging him.”

    “Like before”, you’re not providing any counter arguments, just blowing hot air and stamping you feet because someone dares to have a different opinion to you. Anyway, what I’d like to know now is why you even posted something about China in the first place. Surely, you’re not a supporter of China? Let’s forget Israeli, Zionism and that whole shebang. Just China. Well, since YOU brought it up – you, not me – perhaps you could explain why you did so, and then get onto whether you think China is a socialist country.

  12. bozh said on October 6th, 2010 at 5:26am #

    Demonization of SU [even tho West was and still is a greater demon] is over, but now a new one launched.
    This one against china. To some of these people china is communist or socialist—- to others, it is capitalist; allowing abuse of own people by aliens; denying right to talk,etc.
    And then not inviting chinese people to respond or perhaps denying them the right to talk via NYT, DV,ICH,TD,LAT, et al.
    And the demonization not backed by shred of evidence that equality builders oppress own people.
    How about it DV? Inviting observers in china to tell us all of what’s is going on in china?
    Mainstreaming just won’t do. particularly by crazed ‘jews’, fascists, and christians!
    As for truth telling about russians, remember the times when media only showed rotund peasant women? And of all things, not having lipstick on! Not much sexy at all like american women.
    And the red army menace. In fact facing extinction daily and without warning?
    Now the MSM often show own more-than-rotund women in fascist paradise!
    Or rake thin women as an exemplar? tnx

  13. bozh said on October 6th, 2010 at 5:54am #

    All posters and all writers [save one] on DV eternally dwell on sensation and never ever on causation for events; what events cause events.
    Chomsky, novak, finkelstein, petras, or name any other ‘scholar’ or ‘educator’ and all u get is a stream of jeremiahs.
    Are they not onto the fact that they are wasting our time, giving us false hopes, or even worsen the situation for the weakest!
    But reading most posts is even worse for me. They teem with insults; dwell on peripheral and trifling events [in comparison to enormity of evil-crimes committed].
    But i am not leaving some sites. I am gonna post for new people. tnx

  14. mary said on October 7th, 2010 at 2:18am #

    Mrs Samantha Cameron, wife of the PM and the recent mother of baby Florence, had a dress malfunction yesterday at the Tory conference. When she sat down, she heard it tear. The designed dress cost £749. Never mind, she can get another. He is a multi millionaire btw.

    Yesterday we were being warmed up for the October 20th statement on cuts in pensions, benefits, etc etc.