Police have again clashed with protesters demonstrating against plans to launch an iron mining facility in the northern Swedish region of Kallak, close to the town of Jokkmokk, a district populated by the ethnic Sami community.

During the course of the last three months, around 40 activists have erected barricades to fend off police ordered to clear the way for trucks from the Jokkmokk Mining company, reports Dagens Nyheter.

Protesters include Samis, whose reindeer live in the area, tourism industry entrepreneurs, and environmentalists, who are concerned that explosions at the mine will damage a nearby dam and cause flooding. The project's backers, who are still waiting for a final authorisation from local officials, point out that the mine will create 300 jobs.