Lava Friends Block Diggers in Protest of New Road

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Lava Friends Block Diggers in Protest of New Road

The protest group Hraunavinir (‘Lava Friends’) lined up in front of the diggers of contractor ÍAV in the Gálgahraun lava field in the capital region this morning. A new road connecting Garðabær and Álftanes is set to be constructed there.

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Archive photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Hraunavinir state that it is inexcusable that ÍAV is planning to launch construction while the legality of such actions is being debated in court, ruv.is reports.

Hraunavinir and other environmental protection groups have tried to have an injunction imposed on the project. The Reykjavík District Commissioner rejected the request and the decision was appealed to the District Court.

Protestors were led by journalist and environmentalist Ómar Ragnarsson, whose birthday is today. In his honor September 16 was named the official Day of Icelandic Nature three years ago. The day will be celebrated with diverse events across the country.

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