Situation overboard in Iceland

The steep rise in fuel costs continue to prompt rare public protest in Iceland. It was as late as 1949 the anti-riot police was used in Iceland (then because of the Icelandic enterance in NATO), but now it is being used again. The fuel tax is therefore continuing to cause trouble within Iceland and the protests do not seem to fade away. Yesterday, 22 people were taken into custody by the anti-riot police, 1 police officer got hurt by a stone thrown at him and several people got beaten up by the police, who felt needed to use pepper spray against the protesters.

It was the latest in a series of small demonstrations against inflation and price increases due to the deteriorating economy for the country. And although Iceland has one of the lowest unemployment rate in the world, the Directorate of Labor fears rising unemployment. The situation on the Icelandic labor market is expected to change next fall. That will surely be interesting times …


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This blog belongs to Carl-Mikael A. Teglund - tegis. Swedish emigrant with a heart for languages, philosophy, history, and politics (classical liberalism in the European tradition). Go ahead and look, read, or listen. I'm sure you will find it interesting.
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