Lützerath, the German city that is in danger of disappearing due to the expansion of a coal mine

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With German energy giant RWE planning to expand a lignite mine, the town has become a symbol of anti-fossil fuel activism.

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The security forces closed the entrances to a city in the West Germany taken by activists who oppose the use of this area for the obtain coalin an intervention without major incidents.

The inhabitants of luzeratha small town about 40 kilometers west of Cologne, have long since left the place, but the activists They have been occupying several buildings for months and their numbers have increased in recent weeks.

German energy giant RWE plans to expand lignite mineso that the city has eventually become a symbol of activism against fossil fuels.

Authorities intervened this Wednesday to begin the deportation of the activists, apparently without meeting as much resistance as expected. Yes, several have been released. molotov cocktails and stonesNevertheless.

The central government has condemned the resistance. “We don’t understand,” said the main government spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit. The interior minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Herbert Reul, has also stated that he is “perplexed” by the attacks on the officers.

Once the eviction is complete, authorities will begin construction fence 1.5 kilometers, according to a spokesman for RWE.

The city is very close to the Garzweiler II mine Therefore, most of the inhabitants have already left it, but the activists have occupied houses in the city, turning them into an emblematic place of the climate protection movement.

Movements that have opted for peaceful protest, such as “Fridays for Future”, but also others that have resorted to more “drastic” forms of resistance such as “Extinction Rebellion” or “Ende Gelände”, are taking part in the resistance action.

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Source: EITB

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