River Emajõgi guarded by mass protest against pulp mill
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.