Anti-coal protest symbol Hambach Forest

Buirer Heide
Kerpen, North-Rhine Westphalia

The Hambach mine, the largest lignite mine in Germany, has been the subject of decades of protests. Since 2012, protesters have occupied parts of the Hambacher Forst, a 1,200 hectar-wide forest that has largely fallen victim to the expanding lignite mine. Parallel to the occupation, sit-ins and protest rallies, environmental organisations have also taken the issue to the courts. In October 2018, the High Administrative Court in Münster ordered a provisional stop of the clearing of the forest.

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