Officers have ordered 1,000 activists traveling by train to clear Düren station. They are trying to make their way to Hambacher Forest where a massive anti-coal protest is planned for the weekend.

Environmental protestors and police faced off in the western German city of Düren on Friday as about 1,000 activists were on their way to the Hambacher Forest for a major demonstration planned for this weekend.

Officers dragged demonstrators away after they refused to clear the station. Train travel was disrupted between the cities of Aachen and Cologne.