Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - After the new lead decision by the state government, environmental and climate initiatives have announced further protests against lignite mining in the Rhenish district.

"We will resolutely continue our protest so that the coal remains in the ground, the Hambach forest remains secure and all the villages remain," said Bastian Neuwirth for the environmental organization Greenpeace on Wednesday in an online press conference.

In August, a large demonstration is planned at the Garzweiler opencast mine before the federal election.

The state government decided on Tuesday how lignite mining should continue in the three opencast mines in the Rhenish district with a view to the planned exit from coal.

A decision on the future of five villages, the preservation of which the initiatives demand, should be made at the end of 2026.

The Hambach Forest at the Hambach opencast mine, the symbol of the protests, is to be preserved.

The leading decision is a contradiction to a climate and socially fair exit from lignite, explained the initiatives.

For the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation in North Rhine-Westphalia, Dirk Jansen said that social peace in the region was not getting much closer.

Representatives of the Climate Alliance Germany and of “All Villages Remain” affirmed that the protests should continue.


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