German police continued evicting environmental activists from their camps in a section of Hambach forest on Thursday. Police officers in riot gear removed environmental activists from their tree houses. «Today we cleared barricades and vacated the treehouses, we got people down [from the trees.] All in all, we're pleased with how the operation has gone because it has been practically free of... Еще violence,» Paul Kemen, the local police press officer, said. The occupation started around six years ago, when a small group of activists decided to give up electricity and running water and dwell in the forest to fight against the expansion of a nearby coal mine. Hambach is currently home to some 150 people who live in tree houses. «I think they should leave the forest alone, it's a great ecosystem and we need ecosystems like that in times of climate change,» one eyewitness said. The activists oppose the plan of the energy company RWE to extend the biggest open pit coal mine in Europe.