"Gálgahraun Nine" Awarded - The Reykjavik Grapevine

“Gálgahraun Nine” Awarded

Published May 12, 2014

Photos by
Alísa Ugla Kalyanova

The nine protestors facing charges of disobeying a police order were awarded the Nature Protector Award yesterday.

DV reports that the award was given as a part of this year’s Nature Conservation Assembly, an annual gathering of environmentalists. 

A statement from the Icelandic Environment Association described the nine as “representatives of a larger group of Lava Friends who stood watch over Gálgahraun for a while month last fall, and tried to stop road construction which would split up this historic and complexly beautiful lava field in two.”

As reported, the nine are currently awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court to have the charges against them dismissed. They have been charged with refusing to obey a police order to disperse their blockade of road construction through the Gálgahraun lava field, which was officially protected in 2009, last October.

Support The Reykjavík Grapevine!
Book your day tours in Iceland right here!

Go travel with Grapevine tried and recommended tours by Grapevine. Fund Grapevine journalism by booking with us.


Show Me More!