Anti-government protests in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik have ended in rioting. The police used pepper spray to disperse about 1,000 demonstrators who were massed outside the parliament building. Twenty protesters were arrested and a further 20 needed medical attention.
Reykjavik has for weeks been the scene of demonstrations targetting Prime Minister Geir Haarde’s government for its handling of the financial crisis. Iceland’s economy is under huge pressure following the collapse of its financial system. Its major banks have been nationalised, and the Icelandic currency, the króna, has lost nearly three-quarters of its value against the euro over the last 12 months.