Barricades eliminate: police sent hundreds in hambach forest

The police moved in on Tuesday with several hundreds to a large use in the hambach forest out. The police wanted to eliminate this Time tree-houses, but the bar

Barricades eliminate: police sent hundreds in hambach forest

The police moved in on Tuesday with several hundreds to a large use in the hambach forest out. The police wanted to eliminate this Time tree-houses, but the barricades that were blocking the use of trails, said a police spokesman. Forest squatters had trunks up to 15 metres-high structures made of tree with platforms on the forest trails built. The could not accept the police, since the paths for the rescue vehicles would have to remain free. "Since this is a publicly accessible forest, we can also go Patrol," said the police spokesman.

He stressed that the use of the energy group RWE have nothing to do. Rather, it is the duty of the police to keep the trails through the forest. If the course smoothly, will be finish the application quickly. "It should come up in the course of use to crime, we must pursue this course consistently." Then the application could drag on and on throughout the day.

The number of forest squatters fluctuates according to police heavily, but about the brand of a hundred people. They therefore come from a wider political spectrum, including anarchist, and from the environmental scene.

The forest at the open pit mine of Hambach between Cologne and Aachen was originally intended to be for the advancing open pit cleared. Here, the forest became a Symbol of the fight by Environmentalists against the coal industry. In one of the largest police of the North Rhine operations-Westphalian history of the forest was cleared in the autumn of 2018. 86 tree houses have been destroyed. NRW-Minister of the interior, Herbert Reul (CDU), argued at the time, there should be no law-free zone.

Updated Date: 23 June 2020, 03:19

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