Limestone quarry conflict

Forest protest stepped up on Gotland

Environmental activists on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland have chained themselves to trees to prevent them being uprooted to make way from a limestone quarry.

“We have managed to stop the destruction for now,” Annika Jacobson, head of Greenpeace Sweden told news agency TT, adding that the group will do everything it can to prevent the felling of trees in the forest.

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation has also called on the government to make the area around Ojnare forest a natural park and claims that the mine breaches  European Union environmental rules.

On Friday the EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said the European Commission was looking into the case.

Nordkalk, the company responsible for the mine rejects the criticism from environmental groups and says the mine will only have a minimal impact.

Police reinforcments are arriving on the island during Saturday.

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