Police press ahead with clearance of condemned German hamlet


              Climate activists sit on the roof of a barn, in the foreground high-altitude climbers of the police stand together for a situation briefing in Luetzerath, near Erkelenz, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Environmental activists have been locked in a standoff with police who started eviction operations on Wednesday around the hamlet of Luetzerath, west of Cologne, that’s due to be bulldozed for the expansion of a nearby lignite mine. (Thomas Banneyer/dpa via AP)
            
              Climate activists sit on the roof of a barn, in the foreground high-altitude climbers of the police stand together for a situation briefing, in Luetzerath, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Environmental activists have been locked in a standoff with police who started eviction operations on Wednesday in the hamlet of Luetzerath, west of Cologne, that's due to be bulldozed for the expansion of a nearby lignite mine. (Thomas Banneyer/dpa via AP)
            
              A climate activist has entrenched himself in a car, presumably chained, and is freed by police forces using a hydraulic spreader and a flex, in Luetzerath, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Environmental activists have been locked in a standoff with police who started eviction operations on Wednesday in the hamlet of Luetzerath, west of Cologne, that's due to be bulldozed for the expansion of a nearby lignite mine. (Thomas Banneyer/dpa via AP)
            
              Height climbers of the police stand in a cleared warehouse, in Luetzerath, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Police in riot gear began evicting climate activists Wednesday from the condemned village in western Germany that is due to be demolished for the expansion of a coal mine. The government and utility company RWE argue the coal is needed to ensure Germany’s energy security. (Thomas Banneyer/dpa via AP)
            
              A climate activist lies in a kind of hammock between trees in the activists' camp, in Luetzerath, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Environmental activists have been locked in a standoff with police who started eviction operations on Wednesday in the hamlet of Luetzerath, west of Cologne, that's due to be bulldozed for the expansion of a nearby lignite mine. (Thomas Banneyer/dpa via AP)
            
              Police officers stand inside a camp of climate activists at the village Luetzerath, near Erkelenz, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. Police have entered the condemned village in to evict the climate activists holed up at the site in an effort to prevent its demolition, to make way for the expansion of a coal mine. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
            
              Police officers stand inside a camp of climate activists at the village Luetzerath, near Erkelenz, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. Police have entered the condemned village in to evict the climate activists holed up at the site in an effort to prevent its demolition, to make way for the expansion of a coal mine. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Police press ahead with clearance of condemned German hamlet