1000 forest squatters want to prevent a new motorway In Hessen, the second hambach forest threatens

Between environmentalists, who oppose the planned Expansion of the highway 49 in Central Hesse, and the authorities announced a massive conflict. "The Protest

1000 forest squatters want to prevent a new motorway In Hessen, the second hambach forest threatens

Between environmentalists, who oppose the planned Expansion of the highway 49 in Central Hesse, and the authorities announced a massive conflict. "The Protest is certainly in accordance with the Judgments of the Federal administrative court in Leipzig," said Barbara Schlemmer, the Alliance "No A49" of the German press Agency.

Schlemmer see a confrontation looming between authorities and forest occupiers, the fight in the röder forest against deforestation. "This is a second hambach forest. On the day of the eviction we have 1000 people in the forest. The supporters groups are very well networked,“ said Alliance spokeswoman Schlemmer, at the same time, Central Hessian Green municipal politician.

In the Hambacher forest activists ultimately prevailed

A glance to the NRW to an understanding of: The hambach forest is since of 2018 as a Symbol of the struggle between Environmentalists and the coal industry. In the forest, around 100 activists, according to police. There it came, and always comes back to hands-on clashes between protesters and police. The forest squatters have built tree houses.

The hambach forest was originally intended to be for the brown coal open-pit cleared. In one of the largest police operations in the North Rhine-Westphalian history of the forest was cleared in the autumn of 2018. 86 tree houses have been destroyed.

dpa/Marius Becker/dpa harvester shoots down a "tripod" of environmental activists in the hambach forest.

Finally, the Federal government, States and energy companies agreed early this year in the Wake of the coal agreement that the forest should be preserved.

A49 construction is planned to start in 2020, deforestation, starting in October

stop How many forest squatters in then, röder forestry currently, the is threatened by highway Expansion - the Alliance did not provide information, for "tactical" reasons, such as Schlemmer said. She expects that the number will quickly rise, when evictions and clearances can be made in the forest area in Homberg (Ohm).

The Hessian Ministry of transport had announced that the construction of the controversial stage from Stadtallendorf to gemuenden/Felda in the course of this year, will started. It is a part of the highway, which will connect Giessen with Kassel. The in Central Hesse provided for land clearing in forests are from October, said a Ministry spokeswoman. It could be a hot autumn.

"Realistically, it is considered to probably escalate"

Similar to the action Alliance "No A49" looks, it is also a climate activist and spokesman of the "Fridays for Future": "Realistically, it will escalate well, and images such as in the hambach forest type. The forest squatters want to protect the forest and maintain it. The will not be chased away,“ said Jaspar Reimann. He announced for the month of September is a great Demo of a yet unknown place.

When, then, röder forest, according to environmentalists, a 250-year-old mixed forest. The forest squatters reaffirmed, most recently, "to protect the forest and the use of our body". The activists said, according to a communication from the group "the forest instead of Asphalt" that it is a scandal that in Germany, more highways would be built - in the light of the climate crisis.

environmentalists lost process before the Federal administrative court

the support they got under, among other things, by the Hessian Association for environment and nature conservation Germany (BUND Hessen). The organization is one of the eight groups, which is under the umbrella of the Alliance "No A49". Also, the naturschutzbund (Nabu) and more local protection - and communities of Action, devoted to the Gleental, Ohmtal or castle of the forest.

The FEDERAL government was defeated in June in a landmark trial before the Federal administrative court in Leipzig, Germany (Az.: BVerwG 9 A 22.19 and 9 A 23.19). A private property owner involved. They wanted to prevent a bauforts up. Jörg Nitsch, Chairman of the FEDERAL state of Hesse, said: "the planning of dinosaurs, such as the motorway A-49 to jeopardize the future. Climate change is already an acute threat to our forests. Need a rapid concentration of all the means of transport is, therefore, reversible.“ The FEDERAL government asked the state government which plans to postpone.

Further North, the course of the highway, all of the village of Northern in the construction of

The planned and controversial motorway, the section of the city, about 17.5 kilometers to the South of the Ohmtal triangle, and is linked to the A5. Further North, another is section: It takes about 13.3 kilometers of the city all village-North to schwalmstadt. A yet further North extending portion is already under construction. It is 11,8 kilometers long, and then connects schwalm city of Neuental. It's supposed to be in the middle of the year 2022, as a spokeswoman for the client, DEGES (German unity and highways GmbH) announced.

In some of the municipalities and counties of the highway plans to come out well. You speak of a further development of the business locations, less noisy traffic and exhaust fumes in the affected places, of a better connectivity for commuters and tourists.

"There are significant threats to the groundwater,"

The opponents argue, however, among other things, that the planned route leads through a water protection area, the area was also for the supply of drinking water in the Rhein-Main-significant. The FEDERAL government fears that it could come through the deep foundations of bridges contamination of groundwater. Barbara Schlemmer, the Alliance "No A49" said: "There are significant threats to the groundwater." The cost of security measures would be in the millions. "The customers have to reckon ultimately with more cost."

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Date Of Update: 15 July 2020, 20:27

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