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Land owner: “This is out-and-out robbery”

Stefán Halldórsson, one of the landowners of Brú in Iceland’s eastern highlands, near Kárahnjúkar dam, has accused the government of trying to steal his land with a decision handed down from the Committee on the Interior on Tuesday.

According to the decision, the land belonging to Brú in Jökuldalur valley, Valthjófsstadur and Skriduklaustur is deemed a national preserve, and on such land the state is entitled to over 60 percent of the water rights, Morgunbladid reports.

“That state also collects property taxes on the lots that I rent on that land, which is being taken away from me. This is out-and-out robbery. I have no other words for it,” Halldórsson said.

Halldórsson said he would sue the state to seek his legal rights in this matter.

Jón Sigfússon is the former chairman of the district council Svalbardshreppur in northeast Iceland, which was also redefined as national preserve land by the Committee for the Interior on Tuesday. Sigfússon said the inhabitants in the region were taken by surprise by the decision.

“I don’t know what to say. In my heart I feel that the people who have upheld communities in remote areas under harsh living conditions are being persecuted,” Sigfússon said.

“I’m sure than when Icelandic justice is put down in the history books, these national preserve issues will be considered the darkest chapter in Iceland’s history,” Sigfússon concluded.

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