MORSCHENICH, Germany – Activists who object to plans to clear a forest in western Germany to make way for the expansion of a coal mine scaled excavators on Saturday.
Climbers from the Special Operations Command (SEK) subsequently climbed the excavators at Niederaussem power station, near Hambach Forest, in a bid to bring the protesters back down to the ground.
Nine protesters had occupied three excavators at the site, according to German media reports, which cited police.
In Hambach Forest, a forested area some 40 kilometers west of Cologne, police were continuing an operation to clear tree houses constructed by the activists that make up a settlement dubbed “Oaktown.”
Activists have been staging an ongoing protest in an effort to thwart plans to clear the forested area to make way for the expansion of a lignite mine by German energy company RWE.