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German police clear protesters from ancient forest

Activists sit in a tree house as police attempt to clear the area at the \
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Activists sit in a tree house as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018, where protesters have built a camp with tents and treehouses to stop the clearing of the Hambach forest for a nearby open cast coal mining. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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Police officers and activists leave the "Hambacher Forst" as police attempt to clear the area in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Wearing helmets and carrying shields, they used a hydraulic platform mounted on a truck to force activists from the treehouses erected in Hambach forest, west of the city of Cologne. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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An activist sits in a tree as police attempt to clear the area at the \
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An activist sits in a tree as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Wearing helmets and carrying shields, they used a hydraulic platform mounted on a truck to force activists from the treehouses erected in Hambach forest, west of the city of Cologne. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the \
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Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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An activist hangs in a hammock between the trees as police attempt to clear the area at the \
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An activist hangs in a hammock between the trees as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Officers carried off some of the protestors who were trying to prevent utility RWE from clearing the forest that it bought decades ago to expand mining in the area. Most of the forest has already been chopped down and the activists were trying to save a remaining patch of green. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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An activist hangs in a hammock between the trees as police attempt to clear the area at the \
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An activist hangs in a hammock between the trees as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. The activists had asked RWE to delay the logging until a year-end deadline for a commission to submit plans to the government for Germany to give up coal-fired energy. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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Police officers are seen in the forest as they prepare to clear the area at the \
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Police officers are seen in the forest as they prepare to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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An activist wrapped in a space blanket sits on a platform at a pole among the trees, as police forces prepare to clear the area at the \
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An activist wrapped in a space blanket sits on a platform at a pole among the trees, as police forces prepare to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Police said measures were being taken to prevent the activists from returning to the site. After the operation we will monitor people and vehicles trying to come here in order to prevent the reconstruction of what we so painfully dismantled, said police spokesman Paul Kemen. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the \
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Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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An activist climbs on a tree at the \
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An activist climbs on a tree at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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Riot police officers enter the forest as they prepare to clear the area at the \
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Riot police officers enter the forest as they prepare to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the \
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Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the \
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Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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Activists are seen in the \
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Activists are seen in the "Hambacher Forst" as police attempt to clear the area in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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A policeman detains an activist as police attempt to clear the area at the \
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A policeman detains an activist as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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An activist stands on a platform in a tree as police try to clear the area at the \
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An activist stands on a platform in a tree as police try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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A detained activist is seen as police officers attempt to clear the area at the \
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A detained activist is seen as police officers attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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Police talk to an activist in a tree as they try to clear the area at the \
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Police talk to an activist in a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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Police talk to an activist in a tree as they try to clear the area at the \
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Police talk to an activist in a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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Police officers leave "Hambacher Forst" after clearing the trees in the area, in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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Police officers detain an activist as they attempt to clear the area at the \
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Police officers detain an activist as they attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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