Saturday, May 14, 2016

Demonstrations: lignite opponents at Lausitz put opencast tranquil – THE WORLD

With the occupation of an open pit and track blockages more than a thousand environmental activists in Lausitz have demonstrated for an immediate abolition of lignite. The protests in Welzow-Süd and at the Schwarze Pumpe power plant proceeded according to the police on Saturday without any major incidents. The energy company Vattenfall presented a complaint.

“Fossil fuels cause climate change, and from fossil fuels is the brown coal is the dirtiest,” said Tadzio Müller from Aktionsbündnis end terrain AFP. According to the Action Alliance broke on Saturday morning more than 2,000 people with bicycles, on foot and in buses to a blockade of the black pump on.

afternoon blocked a group on the west side of the power plant, as a spokeswoman for the end area said the track. Also on the railway line leading northward activists had chained. Already on Friday occupied the environmentalists the nearby Welzow-Süd and laid it quietly so. Around 200 activists block a loading crane, spent on the site the night.

According to the police took on Friday 1,600 people participated in the protest, were for Saturday initially no official figures available. Vattenfall filed late Friday criminal charges of state and trespassing, assault and disturbance of public enterprises. “Maybe join other offenses into consideration,” said company spokesman Thoralf Schirmer to AFP.

Schirmer complained that the demonstrators with their action themselves and others at risk would bring. The unauthorized entry into an opencast mine mountains big risks. “One can only hope that proceeds without damages for parties.”

The police allowed the protesters largely grant. Prosecutors have not shared the information in the complaint facts, said spokeswoman Ines Filohn of the police department in South Cottbus. One protester was taken into custody after he repeatedly ignored a red card.

details of the action alliance that seven activists injured on Friday night in a scuffle with pepper spray were, the police did not confirm. Filohn said that the actions of the protesters “not safe” is. Several people had climbed on large appliances such Braunkohlebagger.

The actions of the end area will be continued over the weekend of Pentecost. around 20 million tons of lignite annually sponsored the Welzow-Süd; The main customer is the Schwarze Pumpe power plant.

Vattenfall had recently announced its entire German lignite division with mines and power plants in the Czech energy company EPH and the financial investor PPF Investments to . sale The group wants to concentrate more on the eco-friendly energy.

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