In Turkey’s Akbelen Forest, villagers and environmental activists are fighting to protect centuries-old trees from a massive coal mine. The forest is not only their home—it also provides many with their livelihoods. The Erdogan government has denounced the protests as marginal and anti-development, sending security forces to back up Limak Holding, the major Turkish coal conglomerate behind the project. The Real News reports from Akbelen Forest.
Producer: Murat Bay
Associate Producer and Translation: Daniel Thorpe
Videographer: Murat Bay
Video editors: Daniel Thorpe and Leo Erhardt
Special thanks: Kazim Kizil, Diyar Saracoglu
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