Dozens of activists have been arrested by police as authorities continue clearing out an ancient forest. An energy company says it needs to cut down the forest to mine coal and meet energy needs in western Germany.
Firefighters had to pump fresh air into a tunnel after at least five activists attempted to defy authorities by hiding out there. Firefighters said the makeshift tunnel was 5 meters (16.5 feet) beneath the ground.
The occupation of Hambach Forest "jeopardizes supplies to nearby power plants and refining plants," RWE said in a statement. "Around 15 percent of North Rhine-Westphalia's electricity requirements are covered by coal supplies from the Hambach opencast mine."