Coal opponents occupy excavators in lignite areas
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In NRW and Brandenburg, lignite opponents occupied excavators in the open pit. They are protesting a planned law that will be passed by the Bundestag next week. Height savers are in use.
Kohlegegner occupied excavators in the Garzweiler lignite opencast mine in North Rhine-Westphalia and in the Jänschwalde opencast mine in Brandenburg on Friday night. Several people climbed on a total of six excavators in the opencast mine in the Rhenish lignite mining area, the police reported in Heinsberg. According to the initiative “Einsatz Kohlestopp”, around 80 activists took part in Garzweiler.
In Jänschwalde in Lausitz, around a dozen activists occupied an excavator early Friday morning, according to police. The police are on site. Officials are currently trying to contact the activists sitting at a height of around 30 meters and to persuade them to leave the coal excavator, said a police spokesman in Cottbus. Height savers are also on the move.
According to the coalition opponents, the occupation has been running since 02.40 on Friday morning. A total of around 100 climate activists are involved in the Rhenish and Lusatian lignite mining areas. They are protesting against the planned coal law, which will be passed by the Bundestag next week. The activists of the action groups “Deployment of coal stop” and “End of terrain” demanded that the law be stopped and the coal-fired power plants shut down immediately.
“The proposed law is a climate crime,” said Ronja Weil, spokeswoman for “Ende Terrain”. “With this coal extension law, the government is funding a destructive industry for another two decades.”
“Effective climate protection is not possible in this economic system”
“The coal law is the best example of how short-term profit interests count more than the livelihood of millions of people,” criticized Zade Abdullah of “Einsatz Kohlestopp”. It shows that “effective climate protection is not possible in this economic system”.
The Federal Cabinet had approved the draft exit agreement with the lignite operators on Wednesday. Formulation aids for changes to the draft law on coal phase-out and structural aid for lignite regions by the coalition factions were also resolved.
According to the phase-out law, the use of coal energy in Germany is to be ended by the end of 2038 at the latest. Advancing the exit to 2035 remains possible. The lignite countries that are particularly affected are to receive structural aid worth 40 billion euros. The lignite companies RWE and Leag receive compensation of 2.6 and 1.75 billion euros respectively