ANTI-COAL ACTIVISTS STAGE PROTEST AT GERMAN COAL MINE
Hundreds of anti-coal activists staged protesters in and around a mine in western Germany on Saturday, demonstrating against the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels in Europe’s biggest economy.
Environmental groups oppose the German government’s decision to allow the mining and burning of coal in the country until 2038, a deadline the activists say is too late to effectively tackle climate change, Mstyslav Chernov and Frank Jordans wrote for the Associated Press (AP).
Activists, dressed in colored overalls and braving wind and rain, were also protesting the planned destruction of several villages to make way for the expansion of the Garzweiler strip mine, west of Cologne. The campaign group Ende Gelaende said around 3,000 people took part in various activities, including the symbolic reopening of a shuttered bar in the doomed village of Keyenberg.
An AP reporter witnessed some protesters break through police lines early Saturday before they were detained by officers. Utility company RWE said some protesters also entered coal storage facilities. Aachen police said they couldn’t immediately provide a number for how many people attended the protests, which were staged at more than a dozen sites around the vast, open-cast mine.
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