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Germany: Strong police presence as activists fight coal mine plans

Germany, Hambach forest
September 9, 2018 at 15:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Environmentalists complained of a strong police presence in Hambach forest, as they continued resisting plans to chop down the woodland and expand a nearby coal mine.

"For the past 14 days the police has permanently been on site and assisted RWE in the preparation of the measures, and we suffer strong personal controls, everything that goes in and out is permanently controlled," revealed one.

Police claim they are protecting employees from energy company RWE, who began clearing obstacles from Hambach forest on Wednesday.

The camp started around six years ago, when a small group of activists decided to give up electricity and running water and occupy the forest to fight against fossil fuel industry. Hambach is now home to some 150 people who live in tree houses.

They oppose the plan of the energy company RWE too extend the nearby mine, which is already the biggest open pit coal mine in Europe.

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Environmentalists complained of a strong police presence in Hambach forest, as they continued resisting plans to chop down the woodland and expand a nearby coal mine.

"For the past 14 days the police has permanently been on site and assisted RWE in the preparation of the measures, and we suffer strong personal controls, everything that goes in and out is permanently controlled," revealed one.

Police claim they are protecting employees from energy company RWE, who began clearing obstacles from Hambach forest on Wednesday.

The camp started around six years ago, when a small group of activists decided to give up electricity and running water and occupy the forest to fight against fossil fuel industry. Hambach is now home to some 150 people who live in tree houses.

They oppose the plan of the energy company RWE too extend the nearby mine, which is already the biggest open pit coal mine in Europe.

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