Schinveld wood loses its last 'protectors'

9th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

UPDATED: 11 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Lumberjacks resumed chopping down trees in the wood at Schinveld in the south-east of the Netherlands at first light on Wednesday.

UPDATED: 11 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — Lumberjacks resumed chopping down trees in the wood at Schinveld in the south-east of the Netherlands at first light on Wednesday.

The last protestors were removed from the woods by police on Tuesday evening.

Three out of the six hectares of trees earmarked for destruction have been cut since Monday. The rest of the work is expected to be completed quickly now the environmentalists trying to block the operation have been taken away. The felling of the trees has to be finished by Friday.

A legal decision is pending on the request to level  a total of 20 hectares of the wood to ensure the safety of AWACS early warning planes operating from a Nato base across the border in Germany.

Some locals, supported by environmental activists from the 'GroenFront!' organisation, occupied the woods for several days to hamper the operation to reduce the trees to one metre in height.

Regular police, backed up by Military Police (Marechaussee) arrested a total 103 protestors. Seventeen were still in custody by Wednesday morning but the police said they would be released during the day.

The wood has been sealed off until the cutting operation is completed.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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