Morschenich: In the Hambach Forest, which is occupied by environmental activists, actually trees are harvested under the protection of the police. Every year, the coal and nuclear group RWE carries out deforesting work in order to realize the expansion of the open-cast lignite mine of Hambach.
The Hambach Forest has been known since April 2012 because of the occupation of trees by nature conservationists. Again and again, there are actions that interfere with the smooth operation of the three large opencast lignite mining projects in Rhenania. An initiative from a wide range of groups and individuals has been committed to the preservation of the Hambach Forest for years and to an immediate exit from coal power.
“The further destruction of the Hambach forest, in favour of the expansion of the opencast mining, is like the last convulsions of a dying RWE group that has ignored structural change for almost 20 years”, tree occupant Tim Wiese says.
Small updates to yesterday (Nov. 2nd):
There were some small approaches between the activists and the guards during the day, which led to a brief interruption of the grubbing work. Apart from that, activities were mainly carried out in order to observe the work.
During the night, a sort of New Year’s Eve fireworks took place at the bridge, where the logging machines and the base station of the security staff are located.