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Status: 02/23/2021 07:34 a.m.

 The  evacuation of the occupied Flensburg station forest has been completed. © www.de24.news The  last two tree occupiers left the site voluntarily. © www.de24.news

 The y wanted to prevent a new hotel from being built.

On the intelligence service Twitter the tree occupiers announced that they have left the site. Thus, for the first time since last October, the trees can be felled without interference. All tree houses have been dismantled, the police said. Previously, the evacuation of the occupied Flensburg train station forest, accompanied by protests, was interrupted by the police late on Monday afternoon.

Demonstrators at the Bahnhofswald in Flensburg.  © NDR

On Monday there were protests against the clearing in many places in Flensburg.

According to their own statements, the squatters demonstrate against the clearing of trees for a new hotel and parking garage. Investors have had building rights since the summer of last year.

Several protests during the day

On Monday, a total of nine demonstrators tried to penetrate the fence into the grounds of the station forest. All were taken into custody. Previously, individual demonstrators had blocked the ZOB intersection for traffic. According to the police, there were repeated small, peaceful protests near the station forest during the day. © www.de24.news

 The  clearing of bushes and individual trees continued in the meantime, under the eyes of the police.

Sunday: minibus is on fire

© www.de24.news

 The re was apparently 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. © www.de24.news

 The  police have started the investigation.

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A burnt out van is extinguished by the fire brigade.  © Westküsten-News.de
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On Sunday evening, however, there was apparently an arson attack on a minibus belonging to the plumbing company by one of the hotel investors. 1 min

As early as 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. © www.de24.news

 The  protesters publish telephone numbers and addresses of companies involved in the clearing.

Criticism of Mayor Lange

Mayor Simone Lange (SPD) made it clear on Sunday that the contact and curfew applies to everyone. Protection against infection has priority. Project opponents often call her “forest destroyer” and accuse her of breaking her word because she allegedly promised not to evacuate. At the same time, Lange is criticized because the eviction leads to crowds, the eviction could have taken place earlier and also because she negotiated with the occupiers in the first place.

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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 evacuation for us. 1 min

Private eviction had been stopped

On Sunday, 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. On Friday, the city stopped hotel investors from clearing the area with private security guards.

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. © www.de24.news

 The  project opponents argue with nature conservation – such as the protection of bats – and climate protection. Outside the city center, however, a multiple compensation should be created.

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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 began clearing the forest occupied by protesters. Trees were also felled. 4 min

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

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

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