Germany: Police continue to remove activists and clear barricades in Dannenrod Forest

Police officers continued to removed activists from the trees in Dannenrod Forest, near Homberg (Ohm), on Wednesday, as the operation to clear eco-activists protesting a motorway construction project in the area entered its ninth day. Officers form the height rescue team could be seen climbing up trees and bringing activists down. In addition they removed the activists' barricades and filled trenches and holes making the routes passable. According to reports the police took 52 people into custody. For more than a year activists from environmental groups have been protesting against the construction of the A49 motorway project, a proposed new section of a motorway linking North and Central Hesse. The part of the forest near Homberg (Ohm) where protests are taking place is scheduled to be cleared until late February.

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