German climate activists attempt to occupy coal mine

Activists attempted to occupy an an open pit coal mine in Garzweiler in the German State of North-Rhine Westphalia as part of a protest called by Ende Gelände to end Europe’s dependency on fossil fuels.

June 25, 2019 by Peoples Dispatch
The action was organized by Ende Gelände, a platform of environmental movements calling for an immediate divestment from fossil fuels.

On June 22, Saturday, hundreds of climate activists clashed with the police while they were trying to occupy an open pit coal mine in Garzweiler in the German State of North-Rhine Westphalia. The call for the protest was given by Ende Gelände  (Gelände alliance) as part of their campaign to end Europe’s dependency on fossil fuels.

Common Dreams reported that a contingent of  the climate activists, who had gathered in western city of Viersen as part of the “Fridays for Future” climate actions, proceeded to occupy the Garzweiler coal mine.

Ende Gelände is a platform of environmental movements calling for an immediate divestment from fossil fuels, and thereby larger systemic changes to the society and the economy.

Sina Reisch, spokeswoman of Ende Gelände, said in a statement, “This is not only about coal power. This is about changing a destructive system that is based on the quest for infinite economic growth and exploitation. We are fighting for a future in which people count more than profits.”

According to reports, Ende Gelände activists  also organized a blockade of railway tracks leading to the coal-fired Neurath power station in Rhineland, as part of their campaign against fossil fuels.

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