Edition:
United States
Pictures | Thu Sep 13, 2018 | 7:25pm EDT

German police clear protesters from ancient forest

Activists sit in a tree house as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018, where protesters have built a camp with tents and treehouses to stop the clearing of the Hambach forest for a nearby open cast coal mining. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Activists sit in a tree house as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018, where protesters have built a camp with tents and treehouses to stop the clearing of the Hambach...more

Activists sit in a tree house as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018, where protesters have built a camp with tents and treehouses to stop the clearing of the Hambach forest for a nearby open cast coal mining. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
1 / 21
Police officers and activists leave the "Hambacher Forst" as police attempt to clear the area in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Wearing helmets and carrying shields, they used a hydraulic platform mounted on a truck to force activists from the treehouses erected in Hambach forest, west of the city of Cologne. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Police officers and activists leave the "Hambacher Forst" as police attempt to clear the area in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Wearing helmets and carrying shields, they used a hydraulic platform mounted on a truck to force...more

Police officers and activists leave the "Hambacher Forst" as police attempt to clear the area in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Wearing helmets and carrying shields, they used a hydraulic platform mounted on a truck to force activists from the treehouses erected in Hambach forest, west of the city of Cologne. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
2 / 21
An activist sits in a tree as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Wearing helmets and carrying shields, they used a hydraulic platform mounted on a truck to force activists from the treehouses erected in Hambach forest, west of the city of Cologne. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

An activist sits in a tree as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Wearing helmets and carrying shields, they used a hydraulic platform mounted on a truck to force...more

An activist sits in a tree as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Wearing helmets and carrying shields, they used a hydraulic platform mounted on a truck to force activists from the treehouses erected in Hambach forest, west of the city of Cologne. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
3 / 21
Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
4 / 21
An activist hangs in a hammock between the trees as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Officers carried off some of the protestors who were trying to prevent utility RWE from clearing the forest that it bought decades ago to expand mining in the area. Most of the forest has already been chopped down and the activists were trying to save a remaining patch of green. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

An activist hangs in a hammock between the trees as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Officers carried off some of the protestors who were trying to prevent utility RWE...more

An activist hangs in a hammock between the trees as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Officers carried off some of the protestors who were trying to prevent utility RWE from clearing the forest that it bought decades ago to expand mining in the area. Most of the forest has already been chopped down and the activists were trying to save a remaining patch of green. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
5 / 21
An activist hangs in a hammock between the trees as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. The activists had asked RWE to delay the logging until a year-end deadline for a commission to submit plans to the government for Germany to give up coal-fired energy. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

An activist hangs in a hammock between the trees as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. The activists had asked RWE to delay the logging until a year-end deadline for a...more

An activist hangs in a hammock between the trees as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. The activists had asked RWE to delay the logging until a year-end deadline for a commission to submit plans to the government for Germany to give up coal-fired energy. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
6 / 21
Police officers are seen in the forest as they prepare to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Police officers are seen in the forest as they prepare to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Police officers are seen in the forest as they prepare to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Close
7 / 21
An activist wrapped in a space blanket sits on a platform at a pole among the trees, as police forces prepare to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Police said measures were being taken to prevent the activists from returning to the site.  After the operation we will monitor people and vehicles trying to come here in order to prevent the reconstruction of what we so painfully dismantled,  said police spokesman Paul Kemen. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

An activist wrapped in a space blanket sits on a platform at a pole among the trees, as police forces prepare to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Police said measures were being taken...more

An activist wrapped in a space blanket sits on a platform at a pole among the trees, as police forces prepare to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. Police said measures were being taken to prevent the activists from returning to the site. After the operation we will monitor people and vehicles trying to come here in order to prevent the reconstruction of what we so painfully dismantled, said police spokesman Paul Kemen. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Close
8 / 21
Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
9 / 21
An activist climbs on a tree at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

An activist climbs on a tree at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

An activist climbs on a tree at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
10 / 21
Riot police officers enter the forest as they prepare to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Riot police officers enter the forest as they prepare to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Riot police officers enter the forest as they prepare to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Close
11 / 21
Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
12 / 21
Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Police remove an activist from a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
13 / 21
Activists are seen in the "Hambacher Forst" as police attempt to clear the area in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Activists are seen in the "Hambacher Forst" as police attempt to clear the area in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Activists are seen in the "Hambacher Forst" as police attempt to clear the area in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
14 / 21
A policeman detains an activist as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

A policeman detains an activist as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

A policeman detains an activist as police attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Close
15 / 21
An activist stands on a platform in a tree as police try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

An activist stands on a platform in a tree as police try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

An activist stands on a platform in a tree as police try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
16 / 21
A detained activist is seen as police officers attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

A detained activist is seen as police officers attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

A detained activist is seen as police officers attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
17 / 21
Police talk to an activist in a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Police talk to an activist in a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Police talk to an activist in a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
18 / 21
Police talk to an activist in a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Police talk to an activist in a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Police talk to an activist in a tree as they try to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Hambach near Cologne, Germany, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Close
19 / 21
Police officers leave "Hambacher Forst" after clearing the trees in the area, in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Police officers leave "Hambacher Forst" after clearing the trees in the area, in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Police officers leave "Hambacher Forst" after clearing the trees in the area, in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Close
20 / 21
Police officers detain an activist as they attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Police officers detain an activist as they attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Police officers detain an activist as they attempt to clear the area at the "Hambacher Forst" in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Close
21 / 21

Next Slideshows

Hurricane Florence barrels towards Carolinas

Beach communities in North and South Carolina emptied out before the arrival of Hurricane Florence, a slow-moving tempest that forecasters warned would cause...

Sep 13 2018

Photos of the week

Our top photos from the past week.

Sep 13 2018

Postcards from Pyongyang

Rare scenes from the North Korean capital on the 70th anniversary of the country's founding.

Sep 12 2018

Nixon challenges Cuomo for New York nomination

Activist and actress Cynthia Nixon challenges New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term, in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Sep 12 2018

MORE IN PICTURES

Reuters wins Pulitzer Prize for migrant coverage

Reuters wins Pulitzer Prize for migrant coverage

Reuters wins the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for its coverage of migrants traveling to the United States.

The blue forest of Belgium

The blue forest of Belgium

Wild bluebells form a carpet of blue in the Hallerbos, also known as the 'Blue Forest', near the Belgian city of Halle.

Photos of the week

Photos of the week

Our top photos from the past week.

Hundreds arrested in London climate protests

Hundreds arrested in London climate protests

At least 480 people have been arrested so far this week in climate change demonstrations across London by Extinction Rebellion.

The gauchos of Uruguay

The gauchos of Uruguay

Cowboys converge on Montevideo to show off their skills during Creole week celebrations.

Celebrating Holy Week

Celebrating Holy Week

Christians around the world celebrate the week leading up to Easter Sunday.

Mars in the desert

Mars in the desert

Chinese teenagers completed a tour of a space colony against a desolate backdrop at a Chinese-built Mars simulation base in the barren, windswept hills of Gansu province.

New York auto show

New York auto show

Highlights from the 2019 New York International Auto Show.

On the frontlines of Congo's Ebola outbreak

On the frontlines of Congo's Ebola outbreak

The current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 760 people and is continuing to spread.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast