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Thursday, January 22, 2009

 

civil unrest in iceland


what began as protest following the nationalization of the icelandic banks and the subsequent collapse of the krona has been morphing into civil disobedience over time as the icelandic economy has shuddered to a near-stop. video clips on youtube at first shows scenes of solidarity; later came thrown objects, broken glass and pepper spray.

only now has come fully fledged riots, with obligatory quasi-revolutionary youtube clips.

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This is particularly striking given how homogeneous Iceland is. If you've ever been there, you know it's a nation of just more than 300,000 people that is so closely knit that the first question Icelanders ask each other is, who are you related to?

It's only slightly hyperbolic to say that all Icelanders are essentially cousins to one another.

Imagine the scene in countries where the social fabric is far more tenuous. Oh wait, you won't have to imagine that for much longer. Britain, here we come....

 
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