Clearance of the Flensburg Bahnhofswald in progress | – news


Status: 02/22/2021 11:28 a.m.

 The  police continued to clear the Flensburg station forest in the morning. Protesters occupy the site to prevent a new hotel from being built.


 The  last tree house residents should leave the site today. Meanwhile, the clearing of bushes and individual trees continues, accompanied by a large police presence. ©

 The  evacuation is accompanied by further protests. A handful of project opponents ran in bulk towards the police-secured fence in the morning. Some made it over, but were then recaptured. Previously, individual demonstrators had blocked the ZOB intersection for traffic. ©

 The  intersection is now free again. ©

 The  police expect further actions in the urban area.

Several people demonstrate in Flensburg against the evacuation of the Flensburg station forest.  © Karsten Sörensen Photo: Karsten Sörensen

Several people demonstrate in Flensburg against the evacuation of the Flensburg station forest. © The  ZOB intersection was blocked for traffic in the morning.

Minibus goes up in flames

Apparently there was an arson attack on Sunday evening. A minibus from the plumbing company of a hotel investor went up in flames near the old high school around 8 p.m. Nothing is known about the exact background. ©

 The  police have started the investigation. In January there was an anonymous announcement on the Internet that cars would be set on fire. A large banner across from the Bahnhofswald also carries this message. ©

 The  activists publish phone numbers and addresses of companies involved in the clearing.

Criticism of Simone Lange

Mayor Simone Lange (SPD) made it clear on Sunday that the contact and curfew applies to everyone. Protection against infection has priority. ©

 The  evacuation was accompanied by choirs directed primarily at Simone Lange. She was a forest destroyer, it was said, among other things.


 The  project opponents accuse her breaking her word because she allegedly promised not to evacuate. At the same time she is criticized because the eviction leads to crowds, the eviction comes late and also because she negotiated with the occupiers at all.

Eviction interrupted at nightfall

Yesterday, the city administration officially asked the remaining tree house residents to leave the site. Individual occupiers then left voluntarily, others stayed. That’s why the police began to clear the station forest. According to the police, the operation was peaceful. Three people were taken out of the tree houses and a hammock. ©

 The  evacuation had to be interrupted when it got dark.


Police officers stand at the occupied Bahnhofswald in Flensburg.  © Peer-Axel Kroeske Photo: Peer-Axel Kroeske
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NDR Schleswig-Holstein reporter Peer-Axel Kroeske observed the eviction for us. 1 min

Clearing of the forest should be prevented


 The  demonstrators had occupied the area at Flensburg train station since October. ©

 The y want to prevent the forest from being cleared and a hotel built. ©

 The re had already been scuffles there on Friday. ©

 The  hotel investors had sent private security guards to clear the area. ©

 The  city stopped the action.

Opponents argue with nature conservation

By definition, no forest is felled – it is further back in the terrain. It’s about trees, some of which are of a relevant size. ©

 The  hotel investor has building rights. ©

 The  opponents of the project argue with nature conservation – such as bats – and climate protection. Outside the city center, however, a multiple compensation should be created. Both sides accuse each other of using their behavior to promote the spread of the corona infections, as many people are gathering as a result of the protests.

Further information

Men in work clothes with chainsaws next to a tree with a tree house of the activists in Flensburg.
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Private security guards had started to clear the forest occupied by activists. Trees were also felled. 4 min

Protesters and police officers stand in front of a barrier fence.  © xxx Photo: xxx

Investors in the planned hotel began clearing the area on Friday. That had consequences. more

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