Protestors disrupt state opening of parliament

About 2,000 protesters gathered in the Icelandic capital to protest at the opening of parliament today, police said.

Reykjavik police chief Stefan Eiriksson said protesters angry about the economy threw eggs and tomatoes at Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir and other politicians as they made their way to Parliament on Friday.

Many Icelanders are angry about the government’s handling of the financial crash, which brought the economy to a standstill by collapsing its currency.

Eiriksson said riot police managed to control the situation and no one was hurt. At least one man was removed from the crowds and taken to the police station.

The demonstrators have called for another protest Monday, when Sigurdardottir is due to make an annual speech to mark the parliament opening.

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