Protests force a Norwegian minister to cancel his trip to Britain

Norway protests (AP)

On Wednesday, the Norwegian Energy Minister canceled a trip to United kingdom A protest against a wind power plant that activists say violates the right of the indigenous Sami people to raise reindeer in the country’s Arctic region.

The activists, mostly teenagers, have blocked the entrances to various ministries in the Norwegian capital since Monday. They are protesting against a wind power facility that continues to operate despite a ruling by the supreme court October 2021 under which the Turbines infringe on the rights of the Sami, who have used these lands for centuries to keep reindeer.

Activist Ella Mari Hatta Isaksen told Norwegian radio station NRK: “We are gradually escalating this. We have warned that we will paralyze the state of Norway, one administration after another.”

Dozens of activists were forcibly evicted from the Finance Ministry on Wednesday, including Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. “Let the mountains live,” the Norwegian news agency NPA reported.

His office reported that Oil and Energy Minister Terje Asland “has decided to change his schedule and will not travel to the UK as planned”.

The minister is scheduled to participate in a two-day visit, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, with the Norwegian prince and his wife. The ministry announced that Foreign Minister Anken Huitfeldt would replace her.

On Tuesday, Asland spoke to the campaigners, some dressed as typical Sami, and said the government would make a “new decision” on the wind farm, but could not give details “until we have enough data for that”. “.

This angered the activists, who said in a statement that “our will to fight grew only with the visit of Terje Asland, who delivered the same empty rhetoric as usual.”

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