In the States we don’t get much news about Iceland.
This news is simply a confirmation that white people worldwide have begun to rise up against the establishment that has screwed them. From Brexit to Donald Trump to Viktor Orban to the Pirate Party, populism is on the rise.
It’s funny how that happens when our very existence is in question.
Iceland’s Pirate Party, founded by anarchists, activists and former hackers, recorded a historic breakthrough in Saturday’s snap election, as the government, rattled by the Panama Papers scandal, lost ground, according a TV poll.
It is, however, uncertain if the “Pirates” will be able to form a majority with its centre-left alliance, as partial results of six legislative districts show a tight race with the incumbent centre-right government.
The negotiations could last for days or weeks if the Pirates-led alliance or the government do not gain the necessary 32 of the 63 seats in the Icelandic parliament, the Althingi.
In the latest wave in a global movement against mainstream politics, the “Pirates” won 12 seats, quadrupling their showing since 2013, according to the RUV state television predictions.
“We are very satisfied,” said Pirate cofounder Birgitta Jonsdottir, an activist, poet and WikiLeaks supporter.
“Whatever happens we have created a wave of change in the Icelandic society. The results are awesome,” she told a cheering crowd in Reykjavik.
The preliminary figures came after the polls closed at 10:00 pm (2200 GMT) and were greeted with applause by activists and “pirates” inside a bar in Reykjavik, crowded with tourists and foreign press.
“We are a platform for young people, for progressive people who shape and reshape our society … like Robin Hood because Robin Hood was a pirate, we want to take the power from the powerful to give it to the people,” Jonsdottir told AFP, referring to the legendary English outlaw.
“That’s amazing that so many people support us,” she said.
Founded in 2012, the Pirates, which won 15.5 percent of the vote, could for the first time form a coalition with three other leftist and centrist opposition parties, including the Left-Greens, the Social Democrats and the Bright Future Movement.
The election was triggered after former prime minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigned in April, the first major public figure to fall from grace over the Panama Papers, which revealed that 600 Icelanders including cabinet ministers, bankers and business leaders had holdings stashed away in tax havens.
The outgoing centre-right coalition of the Independence Party and the Progress Party, which governed the island nation from 2013 up until now, only gained 25 seats, according to RUV.
NICE SYMBOLISM BY KAREN PEASE, PIRATE PARTY SUPPORTER.
We are winning. There’s still much work to be done and many losses to be suffered and victories to celebrate, but we are winning!