A49 opponents continue to erect blockades

A49 opponents continue to erect blockades

Homberg/ohm (dpa) – in the dannenroder forest, opponents of the expansion erected barricades and burned pyrotechnics again on saturday. According to the police, around 250 activists blocked the emergency and rescue routes of an adjacent logistics warehouse, among other things.

Despite the low temperatures, the officials used water cannons and removed the obstacles, some of which were several meters high.

There were initially no arrests. The protesters were merely thwarted, a police spokesman said this afternoon. At the same time, the police prohibited the activists from throwing snowballs and threatened further use of the water cannon. A spokesman justified the order with a possible risk of injury to the officials. It was initially unclear whether there were any actual casualties.

For more than a year, environmental and climate protection activists have been holding out in the forest near homberg/ohm in the vogelsberg district to oppose the clearing necessary for the expansion of the controversial autobahn 49, which is now nearing completion. The A49 is to connect kassel and gieben more directly with each other.

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