Sami Activists Suspend Protests in Norway


Sami activists suspend protests in Norway. Photo: The Royal House of Norway

Seven of the activists who repeatedly have demonstrated against a wind farm in central Norway met with Norway’s King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon in Oslo on 16 October.

The story began in November 2021, when the Supreme Court ruled that two wind farms built in Norway’s Fosen district had violated Sámi rights to raise reindeer. However, the turbines remain in operation today.

Last week, the Sami activists occupied Parliament, blocked the main boulevard running from the Parliament to the palace, held demonstrations outdoors, and then moved on to block the entrance to state power provider Statkraft at Lysaker, just west of downtown.

On Friday, the demonstrators blocked the entrances to several government ministries before setting up another camp on the palace grounds. By Friday afternoon, they received an invitation to meet the King and Crown Prince at 12:15 p.m. Monday.

Elle Nystad (leader of the national Sami organisation NSR Youth), Elle Rávdná Näkkäläjärvi, Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen, Mihkkal Hætta, Petra Laiti (leader of Suoma Sámi Nuorat), Nella-Stina Wilks Fjällgren and Ingke Jåma had a chance to present their views on the situation to the King and the Crown Prince. After the meeting, the activists have dismantled their camps in downtown Oslo and suspended their protests. At least for now…

We hope His Majesty will listen to us and remind those responsible in the state about their responsibility, Elle Nystad, leader of the youth group for the national Sami organisation NSR.

Source: The Royal House of Norway