Climate Activists Dragged Away by Police in Riot Gear From Abandoned German Village

1: police in riot gear were involved in the eviction of climate activists from an abandoned village in western germany that they had occupied for months. the village, lützerath, is owned by energy firm rwe and the last resident had moved out over a year ago. the eviction began early on wednesday and some activists threw stones and pyrotechnics at police officers.

2: the eviction of the protesters from lützerath took place in north rhine-westphalia, the state in which the mine lies. the village is on the verge of being swallowed up by the vast open coal mine on its doorstep, which is operated by rwe. dina hamid rejects the assertion of the authorities that germany needs lignite to meet its energy requirements.

3: the eviction of the climate activists was carried out by police in riot gear and scuffles broke out as they stormed the village. protesters climbed into treehouses to make the eviction more difficult and were dragged away across the muddy ground. the government has pledged to bring forward the phase-out of coal in north rhine-westphalia to 2030 and rwe and the regional ministers have agreed to limit the extension of the mine. german law prohibits the felling of trees between february and september, so the site will be cleared by police officers.

By Evey Lovelace

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