From Iceland — Protesters Going To Supreme Court

Protesters Going To Supreme Court

Published October 12, 2013

Protesters unhappy with proposed plans to build a road through a protected lava field intend to take the matter to the Supreme Court.
The controversy surrounds the lava fields of Gálgahraun, which is located on the Álftanes peninsula. Although the fields were officially protected in 2009, construction of a new road – Álftanesvegar – was green-lit earlier this month, and will in part go through Gálgahraun.
This has sparked protests that have taken the form of direct action, as protesters put themselves between the lava fields and construction equipment, stopping development before it could begin.
The protesters more recently when to Reykjavík District Court, Vísir reports, to get a ruling on whether or not they could take the matter to the courts of the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA). This request was denied, so now the protesters are taking the matter to the Supreme Court.
For now, the stand-off between protesters and construction continues.

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