German police remove climate protestors from Lützerath following skirmishes near a coal mine

According to German authorities, they have virtually 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.

According to authorities, “there are no more activists in the village 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 beneath the village and those nearby, close to an open-cast brown coal mine, should be left in the ground rather than being destroyed.

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

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

Lützerath is anticipated to be the last village to be engulfed by the Garzweiler lignite mine, as Germany has pledged to phase out coal-fired power by 2030, moving the timetable forward from 2038.

RWE predicted that the village’s coal reserves would be needed as early as this winter.

Thunberg joins the “Pinky” and “Brain” underground protest after being pulled from a German coal community.
On Saturday, police used batons and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators as hostilities between the two sides grew more heated.

An activist group medic said that about 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.

Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate activist, joined the demonstration and condemned “police aggression” in the removal of other climate activists from the area.

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

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