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Thousands of Icelanders call on PM to resign

Monday, April 04, 2016 - 01:17

Thousands of people in Reykjavik call on Iceland's prime minister to resign in the wake of the ''Panama Papers'' revelations. Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT -- SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) They came in droves... calling for Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson to resign. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PROTESTER SIGURDUR MAGNUSSON, SAYING: "I'm just protesting like the rest of the nation, it appears." Iceland's opposition is planning a no confidence vote, after a leak of documents claiming the leader's wife owned a tax haven-based company... with large claims on Iceland's collapsed banks. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PROTESTER EINAR BERGMUNDUR, SAYING: "I'm just protesting the corruption of the government, eh, the prime minister has been hiding his money in Tortola and lying about it." The allegations in the so-called Panama Papers that were released globally over the weekend first surfaced in Iceland last month... (SOUNDBITE)(English) PROTESTER GUDRUN ERLINGSDOTTIR, SAYING: "Of course we knew something was happening, the extent of the situation was a total surprise, so that's why I'm here." The prime minister says his wife's overseas assets were taxed in Iceland, and that he had put the interest of the public before his own in dealing with the financial claims. Despite the noise, Gunnlaugsson says he is not going anywhere.

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Thousands of Icelanders call on PM to resign

Monday, April 04, 2016 - 01:17