Hambach is one of the biggest open-cast lignite mines in Europe. Environmental activists have taken to living in trees in neighboring forests in an effort to stop the mine's owner expanding operations.
The finance chief of an RWE renewable energy subsidiary was struck by unknown assailants as he crossed a park near Düsseldorf. Police said they were investigating "in every direction."
Around 50 activists have tried to force their way past security to sabotage logging operations in the Hambacher Forst woods near Aachen. Footage shows police forces using pepper spray to displace the protesters.
Thousands of protesters forced their way into Germany's massive Hambach strip mine in an effort to pressure politicians on the eve of a global climate summit in Bonn. The demonstration ended peacefully.
An environmental group has failed in its legal bid to stop the controversial expansion of Germany's biggest lignite mine. Activists say the operation threatens the Hambach forest, home to a number of endangered species.
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