Germany clashes in Lutzerath where activists demonstrate against the colliery

Germany, clashes in Lützerath where activists demonstrate against the colliery. Also on site…

Police: “Violent clashes break out, some demonstrators throw rockets and stones, agents had to use pepper spray”

Around ten thousand people demonstrate against the colliery in Lützerath, Germany, where there are also violent clashes with the police. This was reported by a spokesman for the Aachen police. “There are violent clashes, some demonstrators throw rockets and stones and the agents had to use pepper spray,” said Dietmar Brüning. Greta Thunberg is also there.

“They are proof that change will not come from those in power, from governments or corporations, from so-called leaders. No, the guides are here. It’s the people who sit in the tree houses and who have been defending Lützerath for years,” said Greta Thunberg. “Lützerath is still there, and as long as the coal stays in the ground, this fight will not be over,” he urged. Greta also accused Germany of “being one of the most polluting countries in the world and bearing an enormous responsibility”.

Meanwhile, about fifteen demonstrators entered the mine where coal is to be mined: “A very risky gesture: the ground is wet, it could collapse and there is a risk that they will remain buried,” added the spokesman. The clearance work of the activists who have remained on site for days has continued: According to the police, there are only around twenty inmates who have climbed the tree houses at a great height. Two people remain in the tunnel dug at the site.

January 14, 2023 (change January 14, 2023 | 5:20 p.m.)