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COAL PROTESTS IN GERMANY

Climate activists storm Garzweiler coalmine

BBC, London
Climate activists storm Garzweiler coalmine
Climate activists sit on the ground after entering the Garzweiler brown coal mine in Garzweiler, western Germany, on Saturday, during a weekend of massive protests in a growing "climate civil disobedience" movement. Anti-coal activists try to occupy the Garzweiler open-cast lignite mine in a protest to demand action against global warming, now one of the hottest issues on the European political agenda. AFP photo

Police in western Germany are removing climate change protesters from an open-cast coalmine after hundreds of them stormed the site.

Activists broke through a police cordon on Saturday to get into the Garzweiler mine, in a campaign against fossil fuel use.

Many protesters are resisting attempts by police to clear the huge site.

Police have warned that the mine is not safe, and said some officers were hurt as they tried to hold back protesters.

Germany has vowed to go carbon neutral by 2050 but activists say this is not soon enough.

Recent surveys have shown that climate change tops a list of concerns in Germany, with the Green party polling alongside the governing Christian Democrats.

Police used pepper spray to try to stop activists from reaching the site. Each side accused the other of using unnecessary force.

 

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