On Sunday, police said that they had to dismantle around 77 tree houses from a patch of ancient woodland in the western Germany and were nearing to end the operation to evict anti-coal protestors.
Environmentalist activists have been camping at the Hambach Forest near Cologne. To report, some of them have been there for 6 years now. This is to bid to stop German energy company RWE from clearing the trees and making their way for the expansion of its open cut lignite mine.
Police begn to take down the trees for about three weeks ago and got estimate that they were dealing with some 60 structures. A spokesman said German news agency dpa that they were close in completing their job but stressed that it might still “take some time” to find out and remove the less exposed huts.
“There’s no possibility of leaving the forest standing, technically impossible. We need the ground beneath the remaining forest in order to keep the embankments stable.” he told the paper, adding that allowing part of the woodland to remain untouched.
“indifferent to the opposition of thousands of citizens, reaching a compromise in the dispute over Hambach Forest.” The Greens have sharply criticized RWE
Schmitz also claim that the German government has left this company in the lurch and failed the deal with “criminal” protest actions. He adds and says that the main responsibility was the 5,000 employees who depend on the Hambach mine.
“Send a clear signal for green democracy”, said German author and ecologist Peter Wohlleben. He was in forest on Sunday and called on Premier Laschet and Chancellor Angela Merkel for a clear signal.
The Activists say that they need to plan and hold on the major protest on Saturday against the forest clearance.
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