Danish Wind Farm Activists – Appeal for our support.

 [singlepic id=374 w=240 h=159 float=left]Appeal by Danish anti-wind farm activists to help prevent a Danish test centre for giant wind turbines going ahead.  Many activists simply laid down in front of the authorities’ machines to prevent the cutting down of a huge forest which would allow the scheme to proceed. Activists are camping out in the area in tents day and night to stop any activity.

To view all the images of the demonstration click here.

Thursday morning 21 July, the local Danish police gave up removing the activists who since Friday, 15 July 2011, have prevented the cutting down of large area of forest to make room for the  planned national test centre for 250 windmills in Thy, Northern Jutland.

Ten police officers turned up to end the blockade but withdrew when it turned out that there were more activists than expected. They are camping in the forest area where the authorities intend to cut down the forest to create the right wind conditions in the test centre. We shall be back in great numbers, the police said.

The test centre will be situated right between a protected bird area, a so- called “Ramsa” area, also designated as  a Nature Reserve area. The Danish Society for Nature Conservation finds that the law regarding proposed test centre violates the EU habitat directive and has brought the case before the EU Commission who has requested a detailed statement from the Danish government. Furthermore, a local association has filed a case against the Danish State to try to prevent the project going ahead.

Friday, 15 July, the bird breeding season ended in Denmark and by midnight the Danish authorities intended to start the cutting down the forest. During the day, the local population protested against the demolition of Denmark’s last wild natural habitat.

The activists simply laid down in front of the authorities’ machines to prevent the cutting down to start. They are staying in the area in tents day and night until such time as the EU have made their decision.

The ruling of the EU Commission is expected within a couple of weeks. The activists demand that the cutting down is postponed until the ruling of the EU Commission and the verdict of Danish court have been made public. The Danish press is following the case every hour. An open letter from a Danish association to the Minister for the Environment was published today requesting the Minister to stop the work immediately.

“We find it very problematic that you, as the government’s representative, wants to force through a very controversial test centre for windmills, after undertaking the most basic investigations of the negative impact on the surroundings which have not yet been made,” the Association for Improved Environment writes to the minister.

The demonstration in “Thy” has no central organization but arose spontaneously. A spokesman for the activists appeals for support and assistance from both Europe and the rest of the world. And, preferably, as soon as possible.

To make all voices count, please contact Peter Skeel Hjorth, spokesman of EPAW in Scandinavia and the Baltic States. Email: peter@skeelhjorth.dk    Phone: +46 708 166521. Or Aleksander S’nder. Email: aleksander.soender@gmail.com Phone: +45 26160630

Comments are closed.