Between ten and 15 protestors of the group Hraunavinir (‘Lava Friends‘) today gathered at Gálgahraun lava field again to protest the planned construction of a new road connecting Garðabær and Álftanes in the capital area.
Photos: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
Reporter and environmentalist Ómar Ragnarsson told Iceland Review that the protestors are adamant that the construction will be stopped.
“No, this time we will stop this madness. There is no shortage of people who want to sit down in front of the machines. We have a big list of people who can and will come at short notice,” Ómar said. “How can they build this road, destroying this beautiful lava field for the sake of security? There are a hundred more dangerous roads in Iceland, and at least 20 in the capital area,” he added.
According to Ómar, three police cars had passed by the site but the contractors had not started work today.
After taking some images at the site and talking to the protesters, my feeling is that this road will never be built, the people at the site will never ever give up the fight for nature and this small beautiful lava field nextdoor to the president‘s resident Bessastaðir.
Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review