The Pyhäjoki anti-nuclear protest camp

•  Brief camp history  •  Location  •  Camp principles  •  Additional information  •  Bank account

The Pyhäjoki anti-nuclear protest camp and an anti-authoritarian living project welcomes everyone: for a visit or as a long-term resident, you’re just as welcomed. Doesn’t make a difference whether you’re a long-term eco warrior or a mildly interested Joe Average, you have a place here. Only thing we expect is to respect and follow the camp principals: wich you find by scrolling a bit down from here.

Our everyday life is riddled with everyday tasks – from wich campaigning and direct action against Fennovoima-Rosatom’s nuclear power plant plan of doom at Hanhikivi peninsula of Pyhäjoki, Finland are the biggest one’s. To that essence it’s practical to be living next to the construction site of the nuke plant and of the Fennovoima offices.

Brief camp history

Pyhäjoki protest camp saw the daylight on April 2015, when Fennovoima-Rosatom started their legally shady “preparing works” at the planned nuke plant site at the Hanhikivi peninsula, Pyhäjoki. When the clearcuts and landfills started advancing – we moved in.

By that time our camp was located inside the very construction area. We mainly lived in cabins generously given for us by locals, who refused to give or sell their properties for the heavily pressing Fennovoima-Rosatom. During summer 2015 the construction site and nearby areas witnessed almost daily blockades of different scales and numerous cases of sabotage. By numbers of police reports caused by all the camp is considered as the longest campaign of civil disobedience in whole of the history of Finland’s political activism.

At August 2015 the heavily delayed fence supposed to lock up the construction site was finished, and thus we were left isolated at the peninsula, being able to move in and out only by the seaside, on boats. On September the eviction of the camp took place, prolonging itself into eight days process after one climber occupied a treehouse, causing some suitable inconvenience for the Fennovoima-Rosatom’s PR-team and the local police department.

After eviction the camp moved itself to a forest site handed to us by a local supporter, located roughly five kilometres from the construction site. With the same go the camp also grew independent from the Rising Tide Finland -network (Hyökyaalto) that originally created it.

On April 2016 the protest site joined forces with other helpful forces and carried out a Reclaim the Cape -action week (22.4.-1.5.).  A compilation of workshops, seminars and direct actions of different forms took place day after another. With well over hundred participants the 30th Chernobyl memorial day on 24.4. saw the first-ever try-out of mass civil disobedience in Finland, bringing the Fennovoima-Rosatom’s construction to a halt for 3-4 hours (though with the continuous delays and flaws they practice it’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference – whether nothing’s moving because of the company or because of the activists).

Soon after the big action things started to happen. One knows on has done a good job and moved on from being a slight inconvenience to a campaign that actually brings results when repression hits big time. During four days Pyhäjoki dissidents experienced three large-scale police operations. Present folks from both national SWAT team equivalents, K-9 units, a tax-payer-money-engulfing helicopter, enough riot gear to put up a fetish party anytime and super-duper expensive but pretty useless anywhere but in urban environment -sort of riot vans. While complaining the lack of resourcer’s and general bancrupcy of the police department, the police still found it a good idea to go and radicalize a yet another generation of first-timer civil disobedient’s by destroying two camploads of private property in a French manner, shooting rubber-bullety projectiles on everything that moved and taking a bunch of kitchen staff’ and random first-timer’s into custody – after giving one captive a broken arm and a smashed face. Oh well: it is a Russian nuke company that operates in here, so what else the national police is expected to do but to comply to new terms and ways of cultural exchange? 😉

From May 2016 on the protest camp continues to exist. Locations are not currently published, but we’re afraid it’ll take a little more than this to shake off the critical voices of the neighborhood. Eviction’s come and go: resistance is a matter of its own.


Update 16.4.2016: Pyhäjoki protest camp takes a strategic break

Due to the events during the Reclaim the Cape action week in April and after long-standing hard struggle the protest camp against Fennovoima’s nuclear project in Pyhäjoki, Northern Finland will take a break in order to consider next steps against Fennovoima’s project.

This break does not mean that the resistance would be gone. But now it is a good moment to step back for a while and reconsider how to continue the struggle. At this moment, we want to focus our resources to understand the events of the action week and further to the past of the protest camp, to ponder upon the possible sentences of our comrades in the beginning of July, and how to react to that. And finally, to guarantee the wellbeing of our local supporters.

The struggle is not over. It will only taking a different form.

Camp principles

Our main goal is to be a secure space, where activities against Fennovoima are being organized. We support all activities that don’t harm living beings.

The camp is antiauthoritarian and autonomous – a community which is formed by people who reside there. All the decisions are made inside the camp and we strive for concensus. The camp has no leaders but a responsible person can be delegated for single tasks. Everyone has equal voice in the decision making process. We don’t accept any kind of discrimination related to gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion etc. Nationalism or nationalistic symbols are also not acceptable because the state is always hierarcic and it maintains unjust power relationships. The camp is politically uncommitted and we don’t accept party symbols.

We minimalize our support for the capitalistic system and consumption culture. Our economy is based on our fundraising and private donations. We wish to receive 2 EUR/day to cover the food and other costs. All the food that we buy is vegan and all the communally prepared meals are vegan. Infrastructure and activities are based on recycled materials whenever possible.

•  Le français / french translation

Additional information

•  List of share holders and companies involved with Fennovoima

Bank account

IBAN: FI92 4726 5020 0324 33
Recipient: Maan ystävät ry
Message: ydinvoima