Greta Thunberg was carried away by police officers yet again today during a protest on Oslo against a wind farm that has been built on indigenous land in Norway.
The Swedish climate revolutionary had joined indigenous Sami rebels in obstructing access to the Norwegian foreign ministry on Wednesday to protest against wind turbines that are still in place on reindeer herding land, regardless of a court ruling.
Police started to break up the demonstrations by physically carrying away members of the group, who were protesting against the use of wind turbines on reindeer herding land in the Fosen region of western Norway
Thunberg was carried off by two police officers while she was blocking a door at the finance ministry, pictures and video from the scene displayed .
The turbines are still working even though a landmark ruling more than a year ago by the Norwegian Supreme Court that the project ignored the right of Sami families to exercise their culture of reindeer husbandry.
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Greta Thunberg and dozens of other activists have blocked entrances to Norway’s energy ministry, demanding removal of wind turbines built on land traditionally used by Indigenous Sami reindeer herders https://t.co/1T2XKXxu92 pic.twitter.com/dx4nK0aXMQ
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The protest started last Thursday when a handful of Sami activists, dressed in their traditional blue and red clothing, settled into the entrance hall of the energy ministry.
A climbing number of activists – mostly teenagers – then began obstructing entrance to other ministries this week, gradually spreading to more official buildings.
They were joined by Sweden’s Greta Thunberg on Sunday. ‘This fight is important because it is about human rights being violated,’ she told broadcaster TV2.
The campaigners are insisted on the removal of wind turbines from reindeer pastures on Sami Indigenous land in central Norway.
An indigenous minority of around 100,000 people expanded over the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, the Sami have customarily lived off reindeer herding and fishing. They have a history of being the victims of discrimination.
Norway’s highest court unanimously ruled that the expropriation and operating permits for the construction of the 151 turbines were invalid. However, it gave no advice on what should be done with the turbines, which were already in operation.
The Norwegian authorities have so procrastinated taking action and ordered further assessments, in hopes that they would find a way for the turbines and Sami people to coexist.