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17 Sep 2018

Germany: Environmentalists arrested in dispute over RWE's plans to clear forest to mine brown coal

Several environmental activists were arrested on Sunday, 16 September 2018, in a dispute over German energy company RWE's plans to clear an ancient forest in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Activists have occupied parts of Hambach Forest, which is owned by RWE, for years to protest planned clearance operations which the company says are necessary to mine brown coal and guarantee fuel for coal-powered energy plants. Environmentalists have argued that Germany should be winding down consumption of coal. Further information, including statements from RWE, can be found in the articles linked below.

On 19 September, authorities said they were suspending the eviction after a journalist died in an accident, following a fall from a rope bridge strung between two treehouses.