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Garzweiler open pit mine: RWE: 250,000 euros damage from climate protests in the Rhineland


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Aachen / Essen (dpa) - In the protests of climate protectors in the Rheinische Revier in June, the energy company RWE claims to have incurred a property damage in six figures.

The damage, including technical equipment, roads, signs and fences amounted to 250,000 euros, said RWE. So activists were slipping over steep slopes into the open pit Garzweiler penetrated. In the process, path edges were broken away and embankment material slipped on paths that would be needed for transporting people and equipment in opencast mining. These would have to be restored.

The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia had recently communicated that in blockades of the action alliance "end of terrain" in the Garzweiler open pit and on coal transport lines nearly 3,000 activists were involved. 9600 police forces were therefore in the multi-day protests with a total of about 145,000 hours of service in use.

Now, the next protests in the Rheinische Revier, although a clear number smaller: The youth organization of the Federation for Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) starts on Friday at the open pit Hambach their "Camp for Future" (2 - 11 August). For this purpose, up to 250 participants are expected in the relocation Kerpen-Manheim. "We expect a normal event," said a police spokeswoman in Aachen. In recent years, it had not come to sturgeon actions - unlike the climate camp, which will then take place from 15 to 17 at the Garzweiler open pit.

In addition to workshops, there will also be action against lignite near Erkelenz, a spokesman announced. For example, the coalition of action coalition called for a blockade (22-25 August) with several hundred participants.

Climate Camp Rhineland

Camp for Future

Source: zeit

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