Germany: Climate activists resist eviction from Hambach forest

Environmentalists are continuing to live in Hambach forest in western Germany, resisting plans to chop down the woodland and expand a nearby coal mine. On a visit to the camp on Saturday, activists recalled the police's effort to clear the forest floor as the mining plan goes ahead. «The police were here a few days ago. Before, there were some ground structures here: camping tent, covered... Еще fireplaces, and a storage platform. They had permission to clear barricades and garbage only. But they went far beyond this legitimacy,» said Nora, a protester. «I live in the Hambach forest to do active resistance against lignite mining. I think that the police are decriminalising our resistance, acting against us with violence and repression,» commented another protester on the raids. The camp started around six year 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 currently 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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