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World German police set to clear environmental activists in forest

11:40  01 october  2020
11:40  01 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Subscribe to our channel! rupt.ly/subscribe German police cleared two houses occupied by environmental activists in Kerpen-Manheim, near the Hambach Forest

German police confront treehouse activists after six-year standoff. Hundreds of police officers have descended on a patch of forest in western Germany occupied by activists living in treehouses, in an escalation of a long-running environmental battle.

STADTALLENDORF, Germany (Reuters) - German police prepared on Thursday to clear a camp of environmental activists from an area of forest that is set to be felled so that a highway can be built.

a person standing next to a forest: Protest against the expansion of the A49 motorway in a forest near Stadtallendorf © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Protest against the expansion of the A49 motorway in a forest near Stadtallendorf

Dozens of police officers arrived at the Danneroeder forest north of the city of Frankfurt to remove about 150 activists, who have set up camp to try to prevent the felling, including building tree houses and erecting barricades.

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Police officers and activists leave the "Hambacher Forst" as police attempt to clear the area in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany , September 13, 2018. Wearing helmets and carrying shields, they used a hydraulic platform mounted on a truck to force activists from the treehouses erected in

German riot police cleared environmental activists from treehouses in an ancient forest on Thursday, dismantling a protest camp set up five years ago to block a coal mining project. Wearing helmets and carrying shields

a group of people standing next to a tree: Protest against the expansion of the A49 motorway in a forest near Stadtallendorf © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Protest against the expansion of the A49 motorway in a forest near Stadtallendorf

The regional police said on Twitter that protesters were chasing construction vehicles and appealed to them to stop, saying it was dangerous. A police spokeswoman appealed to the activists to stay peaceful.

a person holding a sign: Protest against the expansion of the A49 motorway in a forest near Stadtallendorf © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Protest against the expansion of the A49 motorway in a forest near Stadtallendorf

The move comes two years after German riot police cleared environmental activists from treehouses in another area of ancient forest, dismantling a protest camp set up to block a coal mining project.

(Reporting by Reuters TV and Emma Thomasson; editing by Thomas Seythal)

a group of people in a forest: Protest against the expansion of the A49 motorway in a forest near Stadtallendorf © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Protest against the expansion of the A49 motorway in a forest near Stadtallendorf a group of people in a field: Protest against the expansion of the A49 motorway in a forest near Stadtallendorf © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH Protest against the expansion of the A49 motorway in a forest near Stadtallendorf

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