Icelands Parliament comes back after its winter hiatus to angry crowds in what is Icelands largest expression of public anger since the country joined NATO in 1949.
Since the banking bailout in Iceland there have been massive demonstrations in the islands capital of Reykjavik demanding the governments resignation. Everyday at the parliament house angry crowds have gethered in what has been called the ‘fleece revolution’ due to the jumpers worn by the demonstrators. (Lets be honest it was hardly going to be the bikini revolution was it?)
After a midwinter break the demonstrations resumed two days ago as parliament came back into session. Riots ensued as the politicians responsible for the bail out attempted to return to work. Angry shouts of “Today America gets rid of Bush and we want rid of you!” rang out as the politicians scurried into work under armed guard. What will it take for this country to become as outraged as our Icelandic friends? The UK government has dipped even deeper into our pockets this week in order to bailout the Royal Bank of Scotland after they spunked the last load of cash we gave them investing in solar powered torches!
The state is already starting to claw back our money with attacks upon benefit claimants and the public sector is next. In Scotland the public sector if the largest employer nation wide, so what does this mean for us? Wage freezes (read cuts) and redundencies. A worsening of working conditions and the running down even further of services we all depend upon.
What can we do about it though? We can get organised is what we can do. Both in work in order to resist any cuts they try and make. In our communities so we can fight to reclaim the common good and keep our communities safe from the lecherous eyes of the city council and the capitalists they fellate.
At work we can coordinate our resistance through industrial unionism in the Industrial Workers of the World. In our communities we need to build residents associations that cooperate with one another and work together to reclaim first our city and then the world. Like the quote at the top of the page says. We carry a new world in our hearts and it grows every minute.