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Climate Activists Protest at Coal Mines in Germany

Coal News - Published on Tue, 03 Dec 2019

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Climate activists protested at open-pit coal mines in eastern Germany, pouring onto the premises to urge the government to immediately halt the use of coal to produce electricity. They targeted the Jänschwalde and Welzow-Süd mines in the state of Brandenburg, as well as the United Schleenhain mine in the state of Saxony. Activists blocked train tracks at some sites, seeking to disrupt the flow of coal to power plants. Police estimated more than 2,000 people took part on Saturday and that some of the demonstrators scuffled with police.

The environmental group Ende Gelände, End of the Road, put the number of protesters at 4,000. The group criticized the German government's climate action plan, saying that plans to phase out coal by 2038 did not go far enough to address the current crisis. They said "We're at a critical moment, the window of opportunity to stop the climate crisis is closing rapidly.

The mine operators, Leag und Mibrag, filed police reports asking for an investigation and possible charges.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 03 Dec 2019
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