North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) has called on the occupiers of the hambach forest to clear the area. “Illegal occupation is not acceptable”, said Laschet.

There will be procedures this year because of the ongoing court-clearings in the hambach forest. There is no immediate danger for the forest was so””. “It would be desirable, that all leave the forest.” Direct talks with the forest occupants from the castle Laschet. “It is not the practice of the government to speak with law breakers,” he said.

The coal Commission had referred in its recommendations the preservation of the hambach forest as “desirable”. The forest at the open pit mine of Hambach has become, after years of protests, the Symbol of the Anti-coal movement. RWE wants to leave him for the brown coal mining roden, a court had stopped for the time being.

dpa