Sat. Jan 28th, 2023
German police oust climate activists after clashes near coal mine

According to German authorities, they have almost eliminated all climate campaigners from a German community that will be razed to make room for a coal mine expansion.

In an operation that started on Wednesday, hundreds of police evicted 300 activists from Lützerath.

A day after hostilities between the two sides broke out, the police claim they had evicted activists waiting in treehouses.

Police stated that two persons were still resisting at the scene in western Germany inside an underground tunnel.

German police oust climate activists after clashes near coal mine

According to authorities, “there are no more activists in the hamlet of Lützerath,” and by Friday, all of the structures there had been demolished.

According to the police, 35 “tree structures” and over 30 wooden constructs were also removed.

Climate campaigners argued that the coal under the community and those nearby, close to an open-cast brown coal mine, should be kept in the ground rather than being destroyed.

The burning of the coal, according to activists, hinders Germany’s attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The final inhabitant of the community, which is owned by the energy company RWE, left over a year ago.

Lützerath is anticipated to be the last hamlet to be engulfed by the Garzweiler lignite mine, since Germany has pledged to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030, moving the timetable up from 2038.

RWE predicted that the village’s coal reserves will be required as early as this winter.

On Saturday, police used batons and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators as hostilities between the two sides became more heated.

An activist group medic said that around 20 protestors were hurt and brought to the hospital.

Approximately 70 cops have been hurt, according to a police spokeswoman, since they started clearing the area on Wednesday. Many of these officers were hurt during the fighting on Saturday.

Police officers estimated that there were only around 15,000 protestors on Saturday, compared to the 35,000 claimed by the climate activists.

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