: Thousands of Icelanders call on PM to resign (photos, video)
Society12:15 Apr. 5, 2016
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Thousands of Icelanders call on PM to resign (photos, video)

Protesters demonstrate in Reykjavik in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal 

A large crowd, estimated by local media to number about 10,000 protesters, filled the square outside Iceland's parliament building on Monday (April 4) to call on the prime minister to resign.

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The demonstrators echoed a call from Iceland's opposition, which plans a no-confidence vote after a leak of documents stoked anger over the prime minister's wife owning a tax haven-based company with large claims on the country's collapsed banks.

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The allegations in the so-called Panama Papers that were released globally over the weekend surfaced in Iceland last month, but the renewed spotlight and the protest will increase pressure on Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson.

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