It is the third attempt by British company Beowulf to test drill in the area. Last week an attempt was abandoned when six demonstrators chained themselves to concrete and blocked the route. In July a similar protest was held.
According to local media the new mine could provide up to 400 jobs and public opinion in the area is divided.
In an opinion article today in Dagens Nyheter newspaper several Sami organizations, including local reindeer herders wrote that the Swedish state is supporting foreign companies in a colonial-style takeover of their lands.
“Colonialisation is not a thing of the past. It’s happening today,” they wrote. “When Swedish police go in and clear the way in Kallak and put our livelihoods on the line.”