Thousands of climate activists of the movement Ende Gelände want to block coalfields in the Lausitz and near Leipzig today. According to information from the end of the area were around nine clock in the morning 500 activists in Lausitz opencast Welzow South and 1,000 in the Leipzig open pit United Schleenhein. Hundreds of activists previously arrived on the coal railway and in the Jänschwalde opencast mine. Altogether 4,000 people are traveling from Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin. With the action they protest against the climate policy of the government.
"We are at a critical juncture - the window of opportunity to stop the climate crisis closes rapidly," said press spokesman Johnny Parks. After the nationwide climate protests on Friday, the movement now goes a step further and performs civil disobedience, added spokeswoman Sina Reisch. "While we act, the federal government is discussing a completely inadequate coal export law. Unfortunately, this political failure has system."
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on climate protests all over Germany on Friday. The Fridays for Future movement, which is mainly supported by schoolchildren and students, is thus calling for a revision of the Federal Government's climate package and a faster exit of coal. Even the activists of the end of the area demand to exit immediately from the coal-fired power plant. The aim of the Federal Government is a coal exit by 2038 at the latest.
Ende Gelände had previously tweeted that their actions would not be directed against the people who lived in Lusatia or worked for the open pit operator Leag or the police. Last but not least, there was a photo of police officers in uniform posing in front of a wall with the slogan "Stops End Terrain". Nine officials from Brandenburg were deducted from the mission.
There are concerns in the region that violence could be the cause of action. In the Lausitzer district more than 20 vigils and meetings are registered. The new Brandenburg Minister of the Interior of the CDU Michael Stübgen wants to get a picture of the situation in Lausitz this weekend.
In the Leipzig district, too, the organizers expect several hundred demonstrators to protest with vigils, chains of people and blockades. The police warned the participants against entering the opencast mining areas, according to the German Press Agency. It could be perilous and also punishable to enter this area.