Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir is an Icelandic ecological protester, probably better known in most parts of the world for being the mother of the singer, Björk Guðmundsdóttir.

She gained international recognition when, on October 7th 2002, she began a hunger strike in protest against plans to build 11 dams and a hydroelectric plant in Kárahnjúkar, one of Iceland's last areas of unspoilt wilderness - indeed, Europe's second largest such area. The plant would provide power for an aluminium smelting plant to be built by American company ALCOA at Reyðarfjörður.

Hildur Rúna survived solely on herbal tea and tonics for nearly three weeks, until she was satisfied that her protest had received global recognition. On Sunday 27th October she had her first meal after the strike - having lost 14 pounds in weight, and becoming very frail.

The Icelandic planning agency ruled against the plans, but an appeal by Environment Minister, Siv Friðleifsdóttir reversed the decision once more. Hildur Rúna is ready to protest once more - with another hunger strike if necessary.


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