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NATO vs. the trees

The week's news at a glance.

Schinveld, Netherlands

Dutch riot police had to be called in this week to clear out environmental activists who were clinging to trees. The activists hoped to save a 15-acre forest scheduled to be razed to clear airspace for NATO planes from a nearby base. Several dozen activists were supported by more than 1,000 local villagers, who brought them food and cheered them on. Locals said they didn’t care so much about the trees, but they were opposed to noisy overflights by aging jets. Even the local police were siding with the activists, De Telegraaf reported. The protest did no good. Riot police arrested 12 people, including some villagers, and the loggers moved in.

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