River Ema­jõgi guarded by mass protest against pulp mill

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In Tartu, hu­man chain has been formed by about 4 500 peo­ple in protest against the plan to build a bil­lion-euro pulp fac­tory near the River Ema­jõgi, the or­gan­is­ers of the event have stated.

Es­to­nian pub­lic broad­caster ERR re­ported on Satur­day, May 19, that peo­ple gath­ered to show sup­port the Tartu City Coun­cil’s pro­posal to ter­mi­nate the na­tional des­ig­nated spa­tial plan thar is still push­ing for the con­struc­tion of the pulp mill, where wa­ter from River Ema­jõgi would be used.

Paul Volmer, one of the main or­ga­niz­ers of the event ex­plained. «We sup­port the de­ci­sion of the City of Tartu and the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties which calls for the ter­mi­na­tion of the na­tional des­ig­nated spa­tial plan. We’ve got their backs and sup­port them as long as they re­main of the same po­si­tion as that of the peo­ple».

Al­though the idea of the pulp mill has been dis­missed by Tartu City Coun­cil ear­lier this year, the Es­to­nian gov­ern­ment is con­tin­u­ing to push for­ward with a na­tional des­ig­nated spa­tial plan, where the con­struc­tion of the mill by the Est-For In­vest com­pany is en­vis­aged.

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