Activists blockaded the Alcan aluminium smelter in Fort William on Tuesday 25th October

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25.10.05

Five people locked together using lock-on tubes blocking the only access road and denying entry to vehicles supplying equipment essential in the infrastructure and operation of the smelter. The blockade started at the beginning of the morning shift change and lasted for almost five hours.

Alcan are a target because of their involvement in the destruction of the beautiful Icelandic wilderness. They are specifically supporting construction of a huge new dam at Thjorsarver which is to power expansion of their existing plant just outside Reykjavik and increase aluminium production. Great areas of wilderness will be destroyed and the subsequent environmental damage and ecological instability will be beyond measure.

Five people were arrested and have been charged with Breach of the Peace.

The campaign continues against the industrialisation of Iceland’s natural wilderness and the expansion of heavy industry.

On ALCAN see http://www.savingiceland.org/node/278

and http://www.savingiceland.org/node/68

Alcan't - The struggle against Alcan in India:
http://www.saanet.org/alcant/intro_en.html

Press statement:
"Our protest is designed to express our opposition to the proposed expansion of
the aluminium smelters at Straumsvík (ALCAN) and Grundartangi (Century), as
well as the construction of an anode factory at Katanes (R&D Ltd.) and yet
another Century smelter at Helguvik. We find it wholly unacceptable that the
Faxaflói bay should become the most highly polluted area in Northern Europe,
yet this is what will happen if these plans go ahead.

The additional sacrifices of Iceland's most precious natural jewels, the Ramsar
protected wetlands of Thjorsarver and one of Europe's most beautiful lakes,
Langisjor, to facilitate the expansions of the ALCAN and Century smelters are
completely unacceptable.

We also wish to show our solidarity with the people who have suffered from
ALCAN's immoral and inhuman working practices around the world; from the
workers at Straumsvík who have contacted us to describe their unacceptable
working conditions and the abuse of employees' rights, to the inhabitants of
the Kashipur district of India who have been fighting for twelve years against
a planned bauxite mine and ALCAN aluminium plant which will force at least
20,000 people to leave their farm lands and will pollute their water supply
(see www.saanet.org/alcant), not forgetting the residents of Hafnarfjördur in
Iceland who are demanding a local referendum on the expansion of the ALCAN
plant.

We urge the Icelandic press to better inform themselves about the environmental
impact of the planned build-up of heavy industry around Faxaflói bay, and
equally about the record and working practices of the foreign companies that
the Icelandic government continues to eulogize and acclaim as the saviors of
Iceland."

The Alcan Song:

It’s ALCAN the Aluminium Man
The Aluminium Man with the Aluminium Plan
For making lots of aluminium
Out of other peoples land!

Will this Man of Aluminium
Realize what he's done,
Once he's done what he is about to start?
He's got aluminium, but he's got no heart!

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