Oil and Energy Minister Terje Aasland told the activists – some of whom donned the traditional brightly colored clothing of the Sami – that the government will make a “new decision” about the wind farm, but he could not give details “until we have a sufficient knowledge base for it.” .”
“I fully respect the rights of indigenous peoples,” Aasland told protesters sitting outside the entrance to his ministry.
Activist Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen told Aasland, “I can’t stand you sitting here talking the same nonsense.”
“We can’t talk about the future until you acknowledge the past and the ongoing violation of human rights that is happening right now,” Isaksen added.
Police said they removed nine people from the front of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance on Tuesday.
The activists have been protesting outside the Ministry of Energy since Thursday. But they began blocking the entrances of other ministries on Tuesday. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg briefly joined the demonstrators on Monday.