Anti-nuclear struggle continues in Pyhäjoki, Finland: More than one week in a tree – 5 people in a hunger strike


The Hanhikivi anti-nuclear camp was almost evicted last week, 15th of September. But the cops left one person in a tree hut and some people started a new camp just next to the construction site, in a cottage which had been a second base of the camp until now. Isolating the person in a tree led to 5 peoples hunger strike.

Thuesday 15th of September, at midday, 16 police patrols, border control with a helicopter and g4s security attacked the camp. At the moment there where just few people in the camp climbed up in two tripods and in two tree huts. Soon a bulldozer and an excavator demolished the entrance of the camp. The first tripod was taken down by pulling the legs while there was a person sitting on it, with the bigger one the cops first cut it’s legs using chainsaw. One tree hut was unreachable for the cops, and at the moment, one week later, there is still a person up in a tree.

The nuckear power plant company Fennovoima doesn’t allow people to bring vital supplies to the person in a tree. He has been out of food since Saturday 19th of September. In this situation he started a hunger strike demanding to get food, more warm clothes and other needed supplies. On Monday 21th, four more people started a support hunger strike with the same demands. Three of the support strikers are camping next to the Fennovoima office in Pyhäjoki centrum and one of them is currently in Helsinki.

The order to deny all entry the to area is given by the Fennovoimas’ construction manager Jouni Sipiläinen. Oulu police head is loyal to their friend, despite the fact, that actually there doesn’t exist legal prohibition of trespassing at the area yet.

The camp was started 21th of April, so it got 5 months just yesterday. Originally Fennovoima demanded that the area should be empty in the end of May, as it wanted to start massive operations in the beginning of June, but the eviction happened only 3 and half month later. The camp managed to delay and mess the plans of the construction site for the whole summer. In July the cops announced that around 100 “crimes” (including blocking and all kind of little disturbing of the works, specially against the fence under construction) were made during the protest.

Last two weeks of the camp people had to row a boat to get in the camp, as the fence got finally ready and the gate was closed. It’s evident that the company has their reasons to do everything to get rid of the protesters, even if it still hadn’t legal means to do so.

All the cottages are still not owned by the company, even if Fennovoima finally last week managed to buy the land it needs, after the eviction. According finnish nuclear act they actually should had had all the land under control 6 years ago, when they left the application for the government.
But, big companies do what they want, this doesn’t really surprise anyone.

There are still multiple problems related to the project, including the fact that there are several shareholders who are trying to get rid of their shares. Next summer Fennovoima has to have reliable report of long term nuclear waste disposal, which will require lot of imagination. Support of nuclear power and Fennovoima are decreasing all the time. And we have no clue what kind of political and economical turbulences we might meet in the Finnish or Russian near future, so this story is not in the end yet.

You are still welcome to join the struggle, in one way or another!

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Camp phone: +358 465 98 1080

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