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Thousands of climate activists from around Germany gathered in Luetzerath on Sunday calling for the village to be rescued from eviction due to coal mining industry expansion.
Demonstrators protested against RWE (Rhineland-Westfalia Energie company) plans to tear down the village and cut down trees to widen their open pit mine.
After a joint demo of Ende Galende climate group with Fridays for Future, Greenpeace and others, hundreds of Ende Galende activists managed to get on RWE premises near open an pit mine and thus temporary stop its work.
“Every meter of opencast mining is too much and in the end people suffer,” said Dina, one of the activists.
She went on saying, “While we are blocking the Garzweiler open mine here, in Glasgow starts COP 26, that means that there has been debate for 30 years without real action.”
After the activists stayed near the mine for several hours they peacefully left the premises guarded by the police.
SOT, Dina Hamid, Activist (German): “We are here today with a 600 Ende Gelaende activists and we are blocking the Garzweiler open pit mine, we are doing this because the endangers Luetzerath and the 1.5 degree limit, which means the limit for a good, fair life on earth. And this 1,5 degree is not a goal, it is a limit. Every metre of opencast mining is too much and in the end people suffer.”
SOT, Dina Hamid, Activist (German): “Today while we are blocking the Garzweiler open mine here, in Glasgow starts COP 26, that means that there has been a debate for 30 years without real action. The facts about the climate crisis are on the table since the 50s, but the government still continues to protect profit interests and put them above people’s lives.”
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