Iceland’s First Lady joins anti-government protestSubmitted by wafflehutguy on Mon, 10/03/2011 - 15:47
celand’s First Lady Dorrit Moussaieff surprised protesters this weekend lining the streets of Reykjavik when she left an official walk to mass at the Domkirkjan cathedral — part of the opening of the autumn parliamentary session — and brushed aside a security guard to join the demonstrators.
After a few moments of handshaking and hugging the demonstrators, Moussaieff hopped over a security fence and stood with them in an apparent show of solidarity as they continued their protest.
The politicians, including her husband President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, MPs and other dignitaries, were pelted with eggs and yogurt. According to IceNews, a newspaper providing news for Iceland, Scandinavia and Northern Europe, a TV cameraman and a Member of Parliament named Arni Thor Sigurdsson were hurt.
The protest was held by the “Organised Interest Group of Households” which was demanding the swift removal of inflation indexing on house loans and an across-the-board debt “correction”, according to the paper.
Like many other countries, Iceland’s economy has been in the midst of a meltdown since the economic crisis hit in 2008.