Protesters hide in tunnel amid Luetzerath eviction

STORY: Police forces have advanced into the building where the entrance to the tunnel is suspected while other activists were still holding out on the roof tops of occupied buildings and in self-made tree houses.

Energy firm RWE wants to demolish the village Luetzerath to expand an open coal mine, demonstrators have been occupying the village in the brown-coal district of the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia for more than two years to try to stop the expansion.

More than a thousand police officers in riot gear moved in and started clearing barricades on Wednesday morning (January 11) following a court decision allowing the development.