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Gálgahraun Protesters Fined ISK 100,000

The Reykjanes District Court yesterday issued fines to nine individuals in relation to protests regarding the construction of a new road through Gálgahraun lava field connecting Garðabær and Álftanes in the capital area.

Each of the nine individuals were ordered to pay ISK 100,000 (USD 835, EUR 660) within four weeks as well as ISK 150,000 in court costs for not complying with police requests during the protest on October 21 last year, visir.is reports.

One of the protestors, Gunnsteinn Ólafsson, said in an interview with ruv.is that the ruling was a huge disappointment. The fines are too low to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Iceland, unless the Supreme Court gives them a special permit of appeal, Gunnsteinn stated. The group is however looking at the option.

Following the protest, four environmental groups, Landvernd (the Icelandic Environment Association), Náttúruverndarsamtök Íslands (Iceland Nature Conservation Association), Náttúruverndarsamtök Suðvesturlands and Hraunavinir (‘Lava Friends’) demanded access to all data regarding the preparation of the operation.

They claimed that heavy machinery unjustly marked a trail, under police protection, into the designated road area.

The groups also requested information regarding who made the decision to have such a strong police presence and data pertaining to the involvement of the Minister of the Interior in the decision to sign with the contractors last July.

According to ruv.is, originally 25 people were arrested and later nine of them were arrested again.

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