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People from across Europe protest logging in Polish forest

People take part in a protest against large-scale government logging in the Bialowieza Forest, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.The logging has been the source of a standoff between the conservative Polish government in Warsaw and the European Union, with Warsaw ignoring an order by the EU court to immediately stop the logging. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

People take part in a protest against large-scale government logging in the Bialowieza Forest, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.The logging has been the source of a standoff between the conservative Polish government in Warsaw and the European Union, with Warsaw ignoring an order by the EU court to immediately stop the logging. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland — Hundreds of people have gathered in an ancient forest in Poland to protest the widespread logging the government has ordered there.

The Bialowieza Forest, one of Europe's last primeval woodlands and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the subject of a heated political dispute over the logging ordered by Poland's conservative ruling Law and Justice party.

Environmentalists and the European Union oppose the logging, while the government argues it is necessary to fight a bark beetle infestation.

Environmentalists from Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe joined Polish activists on Sunday to oppose what they see as destruction of the natural site.

The government has defied a July order by the EU's Court of Justice to immediately stop the cutting.

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