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In Lutzerat, Germany, police dispersed eco-activists protesting against the expansion of a coal mine with water cannons KXan 36 Daily News

Date: June 1, 2023 Time: 18:50:50

Aachen Police Chief Dirk Weinspach said the demonstration would be a challenge for emergency forces. He warned against attempts to penetrate the now closed Lützerath or the Harzweiler II open pit.

In the afternoon, the police forcibly pushed back the environmentalists who were trying to push their way to the edge of the lignite quarry. This was confirmed by a police spokesman.

According to him, it is still difficult to say about the number of injured or detained, since the operation continues. Walking to the edge of the quarry was life-threatening, as the ground softened from the rains and landslides could occur.

Greta Thunberg, a 20-year-old Swedish climate change activist, also participated in the demonstration. She criticized the energy company RWE, responsible for demolishing houses and expanding a quarry. The girl herself called the landscape of the coal mining crater “Mordor” (the kingdom of evil based on Tolkien’s novel).

Police have been clearing climate change-occupied Lutzerat since Wednesday to give RWE the opportunity to demolish the village and carry out deep coal mining. It should be noted that leading green politicians such as German Economics Minister Robert Habeck and his North Rhine-Westphalian counterpart Mona Neubaur are behind this decision. They say coal is essential to maintaining energy security. According to experts, the cabinet is taking unpopular measures due to the sanctions against Russia and the rejection of Russia’s energy.

Hansen Taylor
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