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Huge Icelandic protest in Copenhagen today

Hundreds coming out in wake of ‘Panama Papers’ scandal

The Icelandic Embassy can expect a hot reception this afternoon (photo: Lárus Oni Jóhannsson)
April 8th, 2016 1:39 pm| by Christian W

Hundreds of Icelanders will be out in force today to protest against their government in the wake of the leaked ‘Panama Papers’ revelations this week.

The demonstration will take place at 16:00 this afternoon in front of Iceland’s embassy at Strandgade 89 in Christianshavn. As of now, over 200 people have signed up to attend the event via Facebook, and a further 500 have said they are interested in attending.

“The people of Iceland have lost all faith in their government, who have shunned them completely,” the event’s Facebook page stated.

“Now is the time to show this is a matter that concerns us all. Let us stand together with our sisters and brothers in Iceland. Join us and let our voices be heard!”

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Panama fallout
The Panama Papers, which leaked some 11.5 million documents from the Panamanian tax solutions firm Mossack Fonseca last weekend, showed that the Icelandic prime minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson was among the high-profile individuals implicated in the tax haven scandal.

Gunnlaugsson resigned after intense pressure, but thousands of Icelanders have protested in Reykjavik this week, demanding new elections.

Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, who had been the country’s agriculture minister, was sworn in as the nation’s new prime minister yesterday.