Šumava activists take to the treetops on fourth day of police crackdown

Environmental activists in the Šumava National Park have taken to the treetops as police attempt to remove them from the area for the fourth consecutive day. Other protestors have shackled themselves together around the trees. The activists have been attempting to stop the park management from felling trees in a protected zone of the forest that is being destroyed by the bark beetle infestation. Environmental groups maintain that the park management has no exemption to cut in the area. However, a preliminary court order allowed loggers to begin work in the area on Monday, at which point police arrived to evacuate the activists. Of the 76 activists in the area 26 were arrested on Wednesday and several more were taken away from the area. The park has marked roughly 4,000 trees for felling and intends to use heavy machinery to accelerate the process.