In the course of the evacuation of the tree houses occupied by activists, who have been in full swing since the beginning of September, not only were barricades cleared from the forest trails and a total of 77 tree huts were removed from the treetops and destroyed, but apparently also infrastructure was created for cleaning up, as eyewitnesses report, As soon as the tree growers continue their journey, trucks crashed into the forest, which would have been compressed with heavy equipment in broad transport routes.
There is also a wide path made near the gravel factory on the east side of the forest and the first containers are equipped for workers. At the northern edge of the forest in the west, trees were felled and an area of about two football fields leveled.
On request, RWE spokesman Olaf Winter emphasizes that the company "holds on to the standstill and is not cleared before mid-October". The described measures were carried out "only on the instructions of the competent authorities". In order to make the cranes, which are used for clearing the tree huts, work safely, gravel paths should be laid on the tree huts. "At the level of the settlement in the tree house, a stable floor surface with a gravel surface was created for the evacuation cranes," says Winter. RWE only acts in the Hambach forest "as an administrative assistant for the authorities leading this mission".
With regard to the containers described, Winter stated that they had been in the run-up to the open pit on the site long before the expulsion began: "We were forced to set them up to protect our technology from nightly bombing with stones and Molotov- cocktails. "
So far there was no reason for the district government of Arnsberg to doubt that RWE meets the requirements. The authority supervises compliance with the requirements of the so-called main business plan that RWE has developed for Hambacher Forst. A government official told the FR on Friday that "everything in the field of preparations is legally in order".
The clearing of trees on the right and left side of the forest roads was "necessary in some places to provide the police with a security strip", so that the patrol forces could not be thrown out of the trees with sticks or stools.
But whether during this harvesting "the limits of the admitted are hurt", he could say "nothing concrete". The impression that large areas are being cleared and leveled is probably also because in many places branching paths should be widened to strategically divide the tree huts into the forest & # 39; reach.
Only a few days ago the police had passed on references in the Hambach forest – "until the end of the clearance work". What a lot of activists put on the ground seems to have been a slip. Because in the forest of Hambach that is cleaned up and not cleaned up, the spokeswoman for the police station in Aachen is also emphasized. "That is not grubbing! The paths have been constructed to carry out the evacuation."
Eyewitnesses reported that individual officials had been extremely cruel during the past week. The journalist Anett Selle, who reports for the "taz", had released a video with such a scene on Thursday. According to the police, such incidents would only be reported if the place, date and persons involved were known.