Police prepare removal of last Hambach Forest tree-house as activists mount threats
German police prepare the clearing of the last known tree-house holdout in the embattled Hambach Forest near Cologne to enable energy company RWE to continue expanding its nearby coal mine, the Rheinische Post reports. One activist was injured during a police intervention when she fell about six metres from a ladder of a tree house. The woman was brought to a hospital. Environmental NGO Greenpeace criticised the conservative state premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, for not engaging in dialogue with protesters who say the old forest should not be cut down to make way for a power source the German coal exit commission is concurrently trying to phase-out. Mine owner RWE said its own employees, those of companies they work with, and local authorities have received threatening phone calls and e-mails, while leftist activist websites listed “attack targets,” such as companies and police stations involved.
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