Polish authorities are cutting down Europe's last primeval forest in defiance of international protests. The European Court of Justice ordered an immediate halt to logging operations, while environmentalists are physically impeding them.
Europe's highest court looks set to rule against what environmentalists see as an attack by Poland's nationalist government on the continent's oldest forest.
Polish police have detained several eco-activists staging a sit-in at Poland's forest management agency, some of whom chained themselves to a gate. They were protesting logging in the UNESCO-protected Bialowieza forest.
Although the Polish government insists it is following a European Union court ruling that ordered a stop to logging in the Bialowieza forest, it continues to cut trees — for the purpose of "public safety."
Europe's highest court has ordered Poland to stop logging immediately in its primeval Bialowieza forest. It includes one of the largest surviving parts of a forest that covered the European plain about 10,000 years ago.
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