The Hambach Forest was squatted by anti-opencast coal activists in April this year to stop RWE expanding their huge mining projects in the Rhineland Brown Coal Region of Germany. The protest camp is currently bing evicted by police. More updates as they come, see below for statement from the camp.
Eviction statement from the occupied forest:
The eviction of the squatted hambach Forest begun this morning. The forest which is in the rheinisch browncoal region (close to collogne) is squatted since April to stop the deforestation. RWE is cutting the trees to expand the largest open cast mine in europe where they extract brown coal.The rheinish Brown Coal area is the largest CO2 source in europe.
Several hundred police forces are in the area and activists are locked-on in the trees and on the ground. They cut the walkways to avoid the police to enter the tree houses. The police removed an occupied tripod on the road to the squat and they have a special force for tree climbing in the forest. A few activists on the ground already got arrested and the main bridge to the forest is closed. In many cities around germany there will be solidarity actions today. Organise other action in your city to support the resistance against brown coal and for the hambach forest. Look out for offices of RWE or subsidary companys.